The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

By Richard Brautigan 1935–1984 Richard Brautigan
When you take your pill   
it’s like a mine disaster.
I think of all the people
   lost inside of you.

Richard Brautigan, “The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster” 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, Relationships, Men & Women, The Body

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, Relationships, Men & Women, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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