John D. Nesbitt – Trails And Crossings

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John D. Nesbitt – Trails And Crossings, Wyoming’s awarded poet and author John D. Nesbitt has come out with a collection of works that covers a lot of literary territory in visions of the here & now along with plenty of ‘then.”
More than one of these poems might qualify as mini-novels. Several are sagas such as “Jack O’Malley,” “Rustlers’ Doom” and “Dark Sparrow Winter.” Some are pretty much set to become songs with refrains like “Don’t Be A Stranger,” “Lonesome Jim” and “Rangeland Lament” (which was put to music and recorded a while back by Carol Markstrom). Notably Nesbitt’s Spur Award-winning epic poem “Prairie Center” is rendered here as well.
Nesbitt’s delivery style is presentational rather than acted. If that aspect isn’t a hindrance for you, there ya go. It’s a worthy audio record for history inasmuch as the printed versions of most of these poems are found in his book “Thorns On The Rose.” It’s a title (and poem) showing Nesbitt’s own assessment of the works as being “bittersweet.” Twenty-one tracks, recommended.
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– by Rick Huff


John D. Nesbitt – Trails And Crossings

1 – To the North of Old Cheyenne
2 – Nebraska Girl
3 – Don’t Be a Stranger
4 – Jack O’Malley
5 – Thorns on the Rose
6 – Old Rope Corral
7 – Dark House, Dark Lady
8 – Lonesome Jim
9 – Wild Rose of Wyoming
10 – Lone Winter
11 – Traveler in the Snow
12 – When I Walked the City Streets
13 – Ella Watson
14 – Rustlers’ Doom
15 – Dark Sparrow Winter
16 – Rangeland Lament
17 – Great Lonesome
18 – Prairie Center
19 – Till the Death of My Honky-Tonk Heart
20 – Anvils from the Sky
21 – Labor of Love


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