Poker Star

By Richard Brautigan 1935–1984 Richard Brautigan
It’s a star that looks
like a poker game above   
the mountains of eastern   
   Oregon.
There are three men playing.   
They are all sheepherders.   
One of them has two pair,   
the others have nothing.

Richard Brautigan, “Poker Star” 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 Stars, Planets, Heavens, Nature

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 Stars, Planets, Heavens, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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