You have been warned

Prior to becoming a photographer, I thought my artistic calling was in poetry. Yes! Poetry! I fell into this aspiration through attending the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, several times, a trip that’s not as off the wall as it sounds. Trust me. Anyway, as I got more knowledgeable about cowboy poets, I was able to take workshops with a couple of the very best writers in that field (or any writing field, if you want to know my opinion). And, while I did not pursue writing poetry to the extent I’d anticipated, I am eternally grateful to those poets, Linda M. Hasselstrom and Paul Zarzkyski; both of them took a strong interest in my work and were very encouraging. I am certain that the artistic confidence I began to feel during my work with both of them influences my photography.

Anyway, that somehow (believe it or not!) brings me to Butte, Montana. The only reason I planned a stop in Butte on our road trip was because I had many lines of Paul’s poem “Why I Like Butte!” in my head and felt that was enough to warrant a stop.

So, the only reason I know that laundromats in downtown Butte have very stern warnings taped to their windows is because of cowboy poetry.

Butte, Montana
photographed 8.29.2020

Posted on September 24, 2020, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A great poem! I will just have to go to Butte someday!


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