Information about Brautigan's Poetry
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Brautigan published the following collections of poems:

Four New Poets (with Martin Hoberman, Carl Larsen and James M. Singer). San Francisco: Inferno Press, 1957.

The Galilee Hitch-Hiker?. San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1958.

  • Sorrentino, Gilbert. "Ten Pamphlets." Poetry 112.1 (April 1968): 56-61.

The Return of the Rivers?. San Francisco: Inferno Press, 1958.

Lay the Marble Tea?. San Francisco: Carp Press, 1959.


The Octopus Frontier?. San Francisco: Carp Press, 1960.

The San Francisco Weather Report?

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace?. San Francisco: Communication Company, 1967.

  • Hirschman, Jack. "Five Poets," Poetry 112.4 (July 1968): 274-275.
  • Lock, Beth. "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace?." MyMac.com 2 Nov 1999.
  • Nambisan, Vijay. "Pines and Cybernetics?." The Hindu 4 June 2000: 1.

Please Plant This Book?. San Francisco and Santa Barbara: Graham Mackintosh, 1968.

The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster?. San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1968.


Rommel Drives on Deep into Egypt?. New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1970.


Five Poems?. Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1971.

Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork?. New York: Simon and Schuster/Touchstone, 1976.


June 30th, June 30th. New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1977.


Note: Most of these books are out-of-print but it is sometimes possible to find a second-hand copy at BookFinder.com. The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster is available in a 3-books-in-1 volume together with Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar.

Online samples

Andrew Stafford's interactive Flash version of Please Plant this Book(external link).

Red House Books: Free Poems from Richard Brautigan(external link) — includes Boo, Forever, Karma Repair Kit, Flowers for Those You Love, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace?, Love Poem, The Beautiful Poem and San Francisco Weather Report.

Plagiarist Poetry Archive(external link) — An impressive collection of poems to read, comment on and discuss in their poetry forum.

June 30th, June 30th(external link)

Selected works of Richard Brautigan(external link) on DivineNTD

Most of Brautigan's poetry can be downloaded in either Word or Acrobat format here(external link)
(Note: although the site is also called The Brautigan Archives, it holds no relation with this site)

General Criticism

The following articles discuss Brautigan's poetry:

Bokinsky, Caroline C. "Richard Brautigan." Dictionary of Literary Biography (vol. 5) American Poets Since World War II. Gale, 1980: 97-99.

Cusatis, John. "Richard Brautigan?." Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry. Eds. Jeffrey Gray, James McCorkle, and Mary McAleer Balkun. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 187-188.

Kern, Robert. "Williams, Brautigan, and the Poetics of Primitivism." Chicago Review 27.1 (Summer 1975): 47-57.

Novak, Robert. "The Poetry of Richard Brautigan?." Windless Orchard (Purdue) 14 (Summer 1973): 17, 48-50.

Walters, Richard. "Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster and In Watermelon Sugar." Survey of Contemporary Literature vol 2, Frank Magill (ed.) Englewood Cliffs NJ: Salem Press, 1977: 883-9.

Poetry Readings

Articles concerning Brautigan's Poetry Readings

Wish List

Gangeware, Ed. Robert J. "All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace." The Exploited Eden: Literature on the American Environment. New York: Harper and Row, 1972. 376.

Locklin, Gerald. "Review of Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork". IndPr 1 Aug. 1976: L6.