Things of Intrinsic Worth

Cowboy poet Wallace McRae, photo by Carol EdisonHappy New Year from the Western Folklife Center! Included in this first podcast of 2007 is a twenty-year-old recitation of Wallace McRae's classic poem, "Things of Intrinsic Worth,"recorded during the third Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1987. Paul Zarzyski provides his take on the importance of this poem within the cowboy poetry canon, from an interview with Paul in 2004.

Length: 5:58 ~ Listen or Podcast from iTunes.


This poem is available in our Gift shop: As a broadside (small poster) and in Wally's first book, Cowboy Curmudgeon, long out of print but re-issued in time for the 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Give us a call at 888-880-5885 extension 234 to order from the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

This Podcast was drawn from the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material of National Cowboy Poetry Gathering performances.