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PAUL H. CARLSON. Dancin’ in Anson

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PAUL H. CARLSON. Dancin’ in Anson. Texas Tech University Press. Hardcover, 118 pages, $26.95, ttupress.org.

Start with a poem from the late 1800s titled “The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball.” Explain the poem, stanza by stanza. Include a brief biography of the poet, Larry Chittenden. Include a short treatise on the origins and evolution of cowboy poetry. Add historical information about Jones County and the community of Anson, Texas. Then trace the developments over decades of reenactments of the original Cowboys’ Christmas Ball, and you’ll have this book.