Buskin in the Big Bend

by Brown, Joe


From the book's introduction "Buskin is defined in Webster's dictionary as a small slipper worn by actors as a noun, but the verb "to Busk" has a whole different meaning. As defined by H. Allen Smith it means to tell risqué stories in roadside taverns. Then came Eric Partridge a great English author with a broader meaning. He contends a "Busker" is one who recites in a public house. So be it. I like this one as a description of what I'm trying to do with these recitations in print. So from this time forward, at least in this publication, "Buskin" shall have the meaning of "one that tells stories or recites poetry anytime or anyplace."

Joe Brown was born in Sanderson, Texas in 1931 during the Great Depression. He lived all over West Texas, doing whatever work he coculd to survive. He has worked on ranches, shearing crews, drenching crews, construction crews, fencing crews, driven cattle trucks, hauled feed, wool and cement. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and is a proud veteran. After graduating from Sul Ross in 1958, he spent his days ranching in West Texas until his retirement. This book tells his tales of a life worth living.

Ballinger Printing & Graphics, 120 pages
Available in hardcover


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