Cowboy Poet Appreciative Of Rural Life

Cowboy poet Baxter Black can’t stand spaghetti, but he greatly appreciates a rural, Western way of life for the values of its people.

“That includes work ethic, independence, entrepreneurism, family, loyalty, patriotism,” he explained during a telephone interview Monday. “I could keep going and say belligerence, cantankerousness, etc. There’s a resiliency in them.”

Even though people in agricultural production are trying to make a living, Black said, it’s not all about the money.

“You’re in it because it’s there in you, and you’re only happy when you’re doing it,” he said. “It’s not always a good living, but it’s a good life.”