The Double-Bed Dream Gallows

By Richard Brautigan 1935–1984 Richard Brautigan
Driving through   
hot brushy country
the late autumn,   
I saw a hawk
crucified on a
barbed-wire fence.

I guess as a kind   
of advertisement   
to other hawks,   
saying from the pages
of a leading women’s   
   magazine,

“She’s beautiful,
but burn all the maps   
to your body.
I’m not here
of my own choosing.”

Richard Brautigan, “The Double-Bed Dream Gallows” 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 Nature, Animals, Activities, Travels & Journeys

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 Nature, Animals, Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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