This is a collection of western poetry written and presented by John D. Nesbitt. This is spoken poetry with no music. Trails and Crossings contains 21 original poems ranging from traditional ballads to unrhymed poems to sonnets. These are poems about the trail and range and about human nature. Overall, the poems have a quality of bittersweet realism that readers have come to know in John D. Nesbitt’s novels and short stories.
Most of these poems are available in printed form in Nesbitt’s Thorns on the Rose, and about half of them were recorded as songs by W.C. Jameson on the CD In a Large and Lonesome Land (2018). One of the poems, “Rangeland Lament,” was recorded by Carol Markstrom on her Desert Rose album (2018). Nesbitt is a multiple winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award and of the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award. The longest poem on this CD, “Prairie Center,” won the Spur Award for Best Western Poem in 2019.