Hamilton poet Dominic “Flominic” Farrenkopf has published his third book and is having a book signing party from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in the Bitterroot Public Library.
“These Poems Need Homes-I Make Stuff Up” is a compilation of the third year of his poetry column that is published each Saturday in the Ravalli Republic. Farrenkopf is in his sixth year of that column.
“Poetry is a passion of mine,” Farrenkopf said. “Getting the book ready for an April release was a great effort. There were many late nights of rounding up the old poems, proofreading the manuscript, designing the artwork and collecting the other pieces necessary to make the book complete.”
Farrenkopf writes and performs Cowboy Poetry and appears as “Dusty Trail-Cowboy Comic and Poet.”
He has performed in Darby, Hamilton, Lewistown, Laurel and Stavely, Alberta, Canada. This year he will perform at the cowboy poetry gathering in Durango, Colorado.
Farrenkopf has recently been selected as a Montana 4-H Cowboy Poetry Leader.
“I am really looking forward to encouraging and coaching Ravalli County youth to write and recite cowboy poetry,” he said. “Based on my experiences, cowboy poetry needs young poets to carry on this art and tradition. If I can instill a love of cowboy poetry and the desire to perform in even one child, I will consider that a success."
Farrenkopf said he enjoys encouraging others to write poetry.
“I offer free workshops to schools where we explore various forms of poetry,” he said. “I also organize the poetry contest for the Ravalli County Fair. All poetry workshop students are encouraged to enter that contest with fantastic prize packages. The fair book contains all of the information on that event."
Farrenkopf said he is proud of his new poetry book.
“I think people will enjoy the poems it contains,” he said. “The poems all rhyme and are easy for people to relate to. The poems bring to light little quirks and observations made about everyday life, usually humorous and with a surprise ending. The poems in the book are seasonal and readers will experience the year unfold as they turn the pages."