Baxter Black, cowboy poet and 'Morning Edition' commentator, dies at 77

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I used to listen to him on NPR. This is one of his poems...

My Kinda Truck

I like a pickup that looks like a truck
And not like a tropical fish.
Or a two-ton poodle with running lights
Or a mutant frog on a leash.
Give me one tough as a cast iron skillet With a bumper that's extra large
And a hood that weighs over eighty-five pounds
And looks like the prow on a barge.
I like style but since when should a truck Be touted for comfort and ride?
Power windows?
Reminds me of jeans
With a zipper that zips up the side.
They should soak up the dents of everyday life
Like a boxer losing his teeth.
And I like a truck, when you lift up the hood
You can see the ground underneath!
Don't get me wrong,
I know beauty's skin deep
And ugly is in the eye,
But to find out if your truck is my kinda truck
Here's a test that you can apply:
If you have a small wreck in the parking lot
By backin' a little too far,
Your only worry is how big a mess
You made of the other guy's car!
 

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Ya, I can count on one hand how many times I've heard him but I read one of his books and enjoyed it. Live on, Baxter. You made the world a bit brighter.
 

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Damn, there goes another good one. I bought one of his books years ago but can't recall the title. I have to find and re-read it.
RIP.
 

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After he was already famous, Baxter married the fiddle-playing daughter of a late guitar-playing librarian-folklorist friend, who put together this interesting book:

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Oh man. I haven’t heard him in sometime. I always thought he was older than that. He was too close to me in age. RIP.
 




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