Baxter Black, described by the New York Times as “…probably the nation’s most successful living poet,”…thinks it’s an exaggeration. The former large animal veterinarian can be followed nationwide through his column, National Public Radio, public appearances, television and also through his books, CDs, videos and commercial radio. Black lives in Benson, Arizona, between the Gila River and the Gila monster, the Mexican border and the Border Patrol and between the horse and the cow—where the action is. He doesn’t own a television or a cell phone, and his idea of a modern convenience is Velcro chaps. Everything about him is cowboy; his cartoonish mustache, his personality and his poetry.
Baxter makes a living shining a spotlight on the flaws and foibles of everyday cowboy life, and demonstrates that it is the truth in his humor that makes it funny. So, in a nut shell (from where, some believe, he may have evolved) there is considerably more to Baxter Black than just entertainment. He is the real thing. Because, as he says, “It’s hard to be what you aren’t.”
An Evening with Cowboy Poet Baxter Black