The opposite of true poetry is free verse. But isn't that really storytelling? Who's to say? Cowboy poets argue about it all the time. But Doc Stovall says Cowboy Poetry is anything a Cowboy writes that speaks of the Cowboy way of life. Debra Coppinger Hill agrees, but insists it must also illicite emotion on the reader's part. Both are correct. Poetry is not poetry if it is good or bad...but when it says somethig that draws from us a sigh or shout.