Richard Brautigan

I was reading on my blog updates this morning that there is a presentation at a local university that honors poet Richard Brautigan. I wasn’t familiar with him and after googling him I found his poetry from the 1950s to be most appealing. I am usually into the prettier and naturally inspired prose it seems. Often when I read poetry like this I can just paint a picture in my mind of what it would look like.

Richard Gary Brautigan (1935-1984) produced eleven novels, ten poetry collections, and one collection of  short stories, as well as five volumes of collected work, several nonfiction works, and a record album of spoken voice recordings.

Richard Brautigan is also often cited as the author to best capture the zeitgeist between the ebbing Beat Generation and the emerging San Francisco Counterculture Movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Ageless Ones

Covering flower shadows

The dawn
And its prolific promises

The sea
Dancing to the music
Of the moon.

So Many Twilights

An old woman sits
In a rocking chair
On the front porch
Of an old house.
The old woman watches
The stars turn on their
Lanterns in the clear,
Twilight sky above
The dark shadows
Of the fir trees
On the hill.
The old woman remembers
So many twilights.

Butterfly’s Breath

The moon throws
A shadow upon the night.
The shadow is as silent
As the birth of a rose,
And the shadow is as soft
As a butterfly’s breath.

Kingdom Come

The world
has a magic direction
     in the twilight.
It is a place of spells
and visions.
Look out of the window.
Do you see the old woman
with the plum tree
on her back?
     She is walking
     up Hyde Street.
She appears to be lost
and I think she is crying.
     A taxi
     comes along.
She stops the taxi
and gets in
with the plum tree.
     She is
     gone now
and the evening star
shines in the sky.


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