Poetry Friday is hosted today by Poetry for Children.
National Day of the Cowboy is Saturday, July 26, 2014.
So for this Poetry Friday my selection is "Cowboys: voices in the Western wind" poems by David L. Harrison with illustrations by Dan Burr.
Harrison's free-verse poems highlight the historic life of the American cowboy from ranch chores and roundups through trail drives with plenty of cowboy vernacular thrown in. Word pictures recreate the sights and sounds and offer readers a sense of stories shared. There's bravado, humor and a sense of forlorn longing for a romanticized past.
Burr's illustrations are detailed and colorful renderings that appear almost photographic in their quality. The artwork enriches the language rather than merely providing a background for the written word. The scenes and characters will feel familiar to anyone who is a fan of the Western movie genre.