It began as an attempt to preserve a delicate form of folklore, now it's an institution. The Cowboy Poetry Gathering - now in its fifth year in Elko, Nev., under the direction of Utahn Hal Cannon - rekindled a few friendships and campfires this past week. Several old hands showed - including, from the left, cowboy singer Don Edwards, poet Wally McRae, and Joey the Cow Polka King and Wood Paul of Riders in the Sky. And some new, young wranglers showed up as well, proving the loping rhythms and easy-going rhymes of the range have plenty of staying power. In addition to poetry, the gathering featured music, yodeling and displays of cowboy gear.