Edward Gannon's review of 'Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork'
Flash player not available.

Click on the covers for more information on the different editions, including their availability.
If you cannot view the image, download the most recent version of Flash Player(external link)

Review of Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork

by Edward Gannon?

The print spread out on the 127 pages of poetry here would fill possibly 20 full pages. It took a little under thirty minutes to read the whole book twice. I was not detained to savor. I was not puzzled or startled. Nothing obscure exploded when I'd got to the point of it. How to describe it all? Well, I suppose it's a collection of jottings. A trifle.

The first poem is entirely this: "I wonder if eighty-four-year-old Colonel Sanders/ever gets tired of traveling around America/talking about fried chicken." Exactly halfway in the volume is this: "The Amelia Earhart Pancake: I have been unable to find a poem/for the title/ I've spent years/looking for one and now I'm giving up." Finally, at the bitter end, "Nobody knows what the experience is worth/but it's better than sitting on your hands,/I keep telling myself."

I like this one: "There are days when that is the last place/in the world where you want to be but you/have to be there, like a movie, because it/features you." And: "For fear you will be alone/you do many things/that aren't you at all."

But if Simon and Schuster believes in you, there is not paper shortage, you've six novels to your credit, and another will published this summer, then why not a slim volume with your photo on the cover?

Best Sellers? 36(7)
October 1976: 226-227

Copyright note: My purpose in putting this material on the web is to provide Brautigan scholars and fans with ideas for further research into Richard Brautigan's work. It is used here in accordance with fair use guidelines. No attempt is made regarding commercial duplication and/or dissemination. If you are the author of this article or hold the copyright and would like me to remove your article from the Brautigan Archives, please contact me at birgit at cybernetic-meadows.net.