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OHS: Cowboy Poetry with John Medley
Friday, May 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm MST
OHS sponsors Cowboy Poetry with John Medley on Cinco de Mayo. On Friday, May 5 @ 6:30 PM, come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Oracle Historical Society’s Acadia Ranch Museum for John Medley’s speaker event. •••FREE•••Refreshments will be served
A Statement from John Medley: “I’ve been writing southwestern themed tales for the past 40 years. Mostly I’ve kept the material to myself and have avoided inflecting it on unsuspecting members of the public. In the past few years I have offered up campfire readings of what I call “Western Stories That Rhyme” and have studiously avoided the temptation to refer to my writing as cowboy poetry. To call yourself a cowboy poet implies a nodding acquaintanceship with live horses and cattle and I’ve been on a horse twice in my life and ran out of quarters both times. The following information is absolutely true and has in some way or other influenced my direction as an author.
My Grandpa Lewellyn King went to town with the family wagon and on the way home he literally and figuratively fell off the wagon broke his neck and left a widow with four daughters. In 1916, my Grandpa Roy served in the U.S. Cavalry as a muleskinner down on the Mexican border. His unit was commanded by General Black Jack Pershing and they were chasing General Pancho Villa. My uncle Richard and his family were the Clemans Land and Cattle Company. They owned the Reavis Ranch in the heart of the Superstition Mountains. They supplied livestock for wild west shows and rodeos. We all wanted to grow up to be Cowboys and Cowgirls and live in the Myth of the West.”
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