The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster

The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster

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Brautigan's poetic style is often surreal, often tender, with touches of humor. The poems are written in clear, straightforward free verse. Here is an example of his style from "The Chinese Checker Players": "When I was six years old/I played Chinese checkers/with a woman/who was ninety-three years old."

Recurrent themes in the book include love, sex, loss & loneliness. Incorporated throughout are an intriguing mix of pop & 'high' culture references: Jefferson Airplane, Ophelia, the New York Yankees, John Donne etc. The book often has an earthy flavor. He writes about such topics as his own penis or the smell of a fart. Some particularly memorable poems include the following:

"All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace," a sci-fi vision of a "cybernetic meadow"; the open-ended "Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4"; "Discovery," a joyful poem about sexual intimacy; the surreal "The Pumpkin Tide"; the funny, haiku-like "November 3"; & "A Good-Talking Candle," which invites readers into altered states of perception.

Altho most of the poems are very short, there is one longer poem: the 9-part, 9-page "the Galilee Hitch-hiker," which chronicles the surreal adventures of Baudelaire — among other experiences, he opens an unconventional hamburger stand in San Francisco. If you only know Brautigan from his weird & wonderful novels, read this collection.-Michael Mazza (edited)

Title:The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780224619332
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  • lisa z

    i was 17, i had dropped out of high school that day. i walked out of the cold dead building with a sense of complete freedom and sarcasm. i loved telling everyone there and my parents that this educat...

  • Sarah

    Of the load of books I read on my 2-week vacation this summer, this is the one I enjoyed most. It's a collection of mostly short poems that are overall funny and endearing. Anyone who writes a poem ca...

  • Julia Drabczyk

    Brautigan quickly became my favorite poet as soon as I read a few poems from this book. I know some people do not like the poems that seem "lazy" but those are the poems that make me love him even mor...

  • Darwin8u

    UNEVEN POEMS/reviewed unevenlyBrautigan's words jump like a funky beat poet in ways I can supportI loved TFiA and see seasons of potentialon the table of this book, but manypoems casually rolled ont...

  • Courtney Johnston

    Nine of my favourite Richard Brautigan poems (god, how I love this collection)THE PILL VERSUS THE SPRINGHILL MINE DISASTERWhen you take your pillit's like a mine disaster. I think of all the people lo...

  • framptonhollis

    'It's Raining in Love' is probably my all time favorite single poem at the moment as it is one of the most relatable things I have ever read (*cries socially awkward, shy, timid tears*). As for the r...

  • Bud Smith

    “The Beautiful Poem” is a top of the mountain of all his poetry. Today I read A Confederate General From Big Sur and this and also Rommel Drives On Deep into Egypt ... the poems from 1958 when he ...

  • Maya Day

    Best poetry I've ever read. His metaphors borderline between completely bizarre to beautiful. Sometimes hit or miss, but when it hits, it hits so hard. ...

  • Rhys

    I only started reading Richard Brautigan four years ago. I became such an instant fan that I have read most of his books:- all the published prose works and much of his poetry. Needless to say, I plan...

  • Mat

    A mostly superb and seminal collection by Brautigan. Brautigan's poetic style is deceptively simple, singular and charming. At times it carries the simply dignity of a haiku, at others it's a small su...