Poetry topic idea: westerns

Today’s poetry topic idea is westerns: films, books, shows, and so forth depicting the time period in the American west from around 1865 to 1900.

Westerns can be an interesting idea to write about because there are so many things to them.  A poet could write a poem about the actual west, things in the west, the western genre, or interpretations of the west or depictions of it.

Different ideas a poet could write about include: western towns, ghost towns, cowboys, ranchers, Native Americans, settlement, homesteaders, expansion, western law, western technology, horses, railroads, telegraphs, barbed wire, cattle, cattle drives, sheep, western violence, farming, and prices and pay in the west among other ideas.

A poet could also write about western movie actors, western directors, specific western films, specific western television shows, specific western books, how old westerns related to the time period they came out, how old westerns relate to today, modern westerns, old westerns made in the modern era, and authenticity in westerns.

Here is an example poem about westerns:

So what,
if the sheriff’s horse,
had white socks,
in one scene,
and no socks,
in the next?

Maybe,
they got dust on them,
or maybe,
the white was just from the light,
or maybe,
the sheriff switched horses.

There are a lot
of very reasonable
explanations.

It doesn’t mean
they made a mistake
in the movie.