Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems

 Ranch & Reata magazine editor A.J. Mangum writes in the Foreword: “Rod’s poetry is infused with a genuineness that elevates his work above the medium’s predictable yarns and gives the reader a front-row seat at a captivating, reality-based dramedy.” Mangum opens the gate on a ride that will keep you riveted to the written word until you draw rein on the final line of the last poem. This collection offers insight and laughter through poems crafted with artistry and attention to the realities of the American West. Published by Pen-L Publishing, Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems was named Best Poetry Book by Westerners International in 2014, and one of its poems, “Song of the Stampede,” was a Spur Award Finalist in 2015.

Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems

Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems includes a selection of nearly 50 of Rod’s favorites, including his Spur-Award winning poem “Tabula Rasa.” The book also won the Fred Olds Poetry Award from Westerners International and the Buck Ramsey Award for Best Cowboy Poetry Book from the Academy of Western Artists. Published by Port Yonder Press, the book is available through bookstores everywhere and from online booksellers.




Newe Dreams

Newe Dreams (Newe is pronounced noo-wah, and is how the Shoshoni sometimes refer to themselves) is a limited edition chapbook from arts publisher Laughing Mouse Press. The book is a cycle of poems recounting dreams of Shoshoni Indians in advance of major events in the history of The People. The imagined dreams are vague and often puzzling, as the dreamer tries to make sense of future events involving unfamiliar people, animals, and equipment.



How-To Essays

​​A Cowboy Poet’s Handbook

Over the years, writer Rod Miller has written several essays on the art and craft of poetry—many for the voluminous web site, CowboyPoetry.com, and others for literary journals. While the essays address Western and cowboy poetry specifically, poetry is poetry and the principles and practices, the tools and techniques are universal. They’ll even help you compose better prose. The essays are collected in this handy little volume, assembled for use in classes and workshops. It’s not available in stores, so if you’re interested in investing a sawbuck—ten measly dollars (plus postage)—in improving your poetic proclivities, contact writer Rod Miller to get a copy of this handy guide for your very own.

 

 Anthologies

Reflections of the West:
​Cowboy painters and poets


A coffee table-type book from the Range Conservation Foundation, Reflections of the West teams up fine Western art with poems about the American West. “A Bolt of Broomtails” and “Morning Glory” by writer Rod Miller are among the many poems in its pages.



Brushstrokes & Balladeers:

Painters and poets of the American West

This big, colorful book, published by the Range Conservation Foundation, features page after page of remarkable Western paintings and poems by artists of our time and days gone by. Included are three of writer Rod Miller’s poems—”Buckaroo,” “Migrations,” and “Spring Works Sonnet.”



New Poets of the American West

New Poets of the American West anthologizes more than 400 poems by more than 200 poets from eleven Western states. Published by Many Voices Press, among this vast selection of fine poetry are two of writer Rod Miller’s poems. It’s possible his two are the only ones in the big book that rhyme.


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Roundup!

Members of Western Writers of America contributed nonfiction articles, short fiction, and poetry to the Roundup! anthology from La Frontera Publishing. The poem “Newe Dreams: Massacre at Bear River, 1863” by writer Rod Miller is a segment of the longer series of poems that became the chapbook Newe Dreams.


Cactus Country Anthology Volume II

Cactus Country Anthology Volume II features short fiction and nonfiction and poetry from several top Western writers. Included is writer Rod Miller’s poem “Goodnight Goes Riding.”





The Big Roundup

The Big Roundup, from the world’s largest cowboy poetry web site, CowboyPoetry.com and New West Library, includes poetry from a number of modern-day poets as well as selections from days gone by. Rod’s poem “The E.S.L. Ranch” is included in this wide-ranging anthology. Writer Rod Miller’s recited poetry is featured on three of CowboyPoetry.com’s annual Bar-D Roundup compilation CDs in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week.

Cowboys and Cookouts

Cowboys and Cookouts is a campy collection of recipes, cowboy trivia, and literary excerpts, published and released in Great Britain by Barrons. Included is an excerpt from Rod’s poem “Cowboy Coffee.”




Cowboys Are Part Human

The Cowboys are Part Human anthology from publisher Southwest Whispers features poetry by several cowboy poets, including several by writer Rod Miller. The book is designed and illustrated by Dave Holl. 

An early, but not the earliest, of writer
​Rod Miller's horseback adventures.
 

Poetry


Writer Rod Miller’s poems have appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals have published his poems, including American CowboyWestern Horseman, and Range. “Tabula Rasa,” from his collection Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems won the Western Writers of America Spur Award, and the collection was named Best Poetry Book by Westerners International and the Academy of Western Artists. “Song of the Stampede,” from Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems was a Spur Award Finalist, and that book was also named Best Poetry Book by Westerners International.