Baxter Black can shoe a horse, string a barbed wire fence and bang out a Bob Wills classic on his flat top guitar. A cowboy poet and former large animal veterinarian, Baxter was raised in New Mexico and spent most of his workin' life in the mountain west tormenting cows. Black now lives in Arizona and travels the country tormenting cowboys.
Cowboy poets, writers, musicians descended on the small town of Elko, Nev., for the 20th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Who better to report on the sights and sounds of it all than Morning Edition's own resident cowboy poet, Baxter Black. Hear several poems and songs from the gathering.
He's the one who pushes to the head of the line because he's got first-class tickets --- and a first-class attitude that's all about himself. Don't look now, it's the "Insufferably Bad Passenger." Commentator Baxter Black has this tale on an easy-to-spot irritant of modern travel.