Cowboy Poet Provides Readers with ‘Views from the Saddle’

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New book of poetry offers Ray A. Twist’s views on environment, cowboy life, politics, more.

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“This book is informative about everyday life situations and provides guidance that may help you get along better in your life,” Twist says. “My poetry is based on real experiences and stories by real people.”

In his eighth collection of poetryViews from the Saddle: Vol VIII” (published by iUniverse), author Ray A. Twist shows readers what life is like for a cowboy poet.

Raised on his family’s truck farm, Twist learned from an early age how to care for cattle and horses and how to pick cotton. He experienced the effects of the Dust Bowl and World War II before operating a cow and calf ranch in Texas. These experiences led him to take personal stances on the environment, ranching, political issues and other topics, from which he drew to write the poems featured in “Views from the Saddle.”

“This book is informative about everyday life situations and provides guidance that may help you get along better in your life,” Twist says. “My poetry is based on real experiences and stories by real people.”

An excerpt from “Views from the Saddle”:

“Whatcha gonna do when the oil runs out?
Curse the governor, protest, and hit the street and pout?
Go hug a tree, eat a bean sprout?
Trade that oil guzzler for a pony or a jackass
And pray three times a day that we don’t run out of grass (…)”

“Views from the Saddle”
By Ray A. Twist
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 118 pages | ISBN 9781491757383
E-Book | 118 pages | ISBN 9781491757390
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ray A. Twist, a cowboy poet, retired from Celanese Chemical Company of America as an honored employee of instrumentation and automation skills. He has resided in Kingsville, Texas, for 64 years. He helped form and train the 1st Armored Division of the United States Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1941. He wrote most of his poetry for his grandchildren before they left for school, on mornings before he left to tend his cattle herd.

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