At the California Institute of Technology

By Richard Brautigan 1935–1984 Richard Brautigan
I don’t care how God-damn smart   
these guys are: I’m bored.

It’s been raining like hell all day long   
and there’s nothing to do.

NOTES: Written January 24, 1967 while poet-in-residence at the California Institute of Technology.

Richard Brautigan, “At the California Institute of Technology” 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

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POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

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