Mating Saliva

By Richard Brautigan 1935–1984 Richard Brautigan
A girl in a green mini-
skirt, not very pretty, walks   
   down the street.

A businessman stops, turns   
to stare at her ass
that looks like a moldy   
   refrigerator.

There are now 200,000,000 people   
   in America.

Richard Brautigan, “Mating Saliva” 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 Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Men & Women, Humor & Satire

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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 Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Men & Women, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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