San Francisco

By Richard Brautigan 1935–1984 Richard Brautigan

This poem was found written on a paper bag by Richard Brautigan in a laundromat in San Francisco. The author is unknown.

By accident, you put
Your money in my
Machine (#4)
By accident, I put
My money in another
Machine (#6)
On purpose, I put
Your clothes in the
Empty machine full
Of water and no   
Clothes

It was lonely.

Richard Brautigan, “San Francisco” from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. Copyright © 1968 by Richard Brautigan. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Source: The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster (1968)

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Poet Richard Brautigan 1935–1984

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

Subjects Humor & Satire, Arts & Sciences

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Terence Malley observed in his Richard Brautigan: Writers for the Seventies, "In general, people who write or talk about Brautigan tend to be either snidely patronizing or vacuously adoring." Certainly Brautigan's work, perhaps due in part to his association with West Coast youth movements, generated a multitude of critical comment. Robert Novak wrote in Dictionary of Literary Biography that "Brautigan is commonly seen as the . . .

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SUBJECT Humor & Satire, Arts & Sciences

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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