These Living Songs is the first book dedicated solely to the study and lively appreciation of Montana poetry. This collection of essays brings together contributors from across the state to cover a wide range of writers and subjects. Readers will find analyses of poetry from the early twentieth century to the present, close considerations of forms ranging from cowboy poetry to Modernist lyrics, and finely tuned studies of poems from every region of the state, from the mines of Butte to the bison ranges of the Flathead, and from trout streams to the ranch table. The essays give new looks at old friends such as Grace Stone Coates, Richard Hugo, and James Welch; analyses of contemporary poets such as Sandra Alcosser, Melissa Kwasny, Ed Lahey, and Mandy Smoker; and considerations of poets some readers may not know, but should. Written in an open, accessible manner, These Living Songs will appeal not only to scholars, but to all readers interested in the richness, variety, and superabundance that is Montana poetry.