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Product Details

  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Co., Inc.; 1st edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440374960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440374961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Light, withought being trivial, this one's a quick read that stays on.
courtney J angermeier
This book may be a difficult read for a seven year old, but i grew to love it then and i havent stopped loving it since.
"shishar"
While his prose is beautiful (and poetic) as well, I like his poetry better for it's amazing simplicity and depth.
J. Bosiljevac

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "shishar" on October 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I first discovered this book on my parent's bookshelf when i was six or seven years old. Bored with sesame street picture books, i read it. I felt rather violated by it at first because many of the poems were impossible for me to comprehend and seemed rather nonsensical to me at the time. Yet I was intrigued. This untraditional book challenged me in a way no robert frost or ogden nash book ever did. Convinced that there was some deeper meaning that I wasn't picking up on, I read the book many times over . The more I read these poems the more i understood them and they began to take on definite shape and character. They began to make A LOT of sense. This book may be a difficult read for a seven year old, but i grew to love it then and i havent stopped loving it since. Now ten years later, at seventeen, let me tell you this is a phenomonal book. I've read a lot of books over the past decade but none of them compare to this one. These poems are so beautiful, so unique, so powerful that they will haunt you for an entire lifetime...Richard brautigan was a genius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bosiljevac on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love Brautigan. This poetry collection is the best I've read of his. There's something about his poetry that distills everything down to a simple unique thought and gives it the attention it deserves. While his prose is beautiful (and poetic) as well, I like his poetry better for it's amazing simplicity and depth. If you've never read a Brautigan, start here, then go to TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Richard Brautigan was crafty. I read once that he wanted to write the perfect poem and that poem would be about the shortest period of time one could imagine. That poem would be one word. Nobody has ever heard the word yet. It hasn't been created. Everyone knows what it means. We've always known. If you are buying your first Brautigan book I highly reccomend starting here and finishing when you own everything he's written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on February 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book on my father's shelf when I was about thirteen and just beginning to be interested in poetry. Opening it at random, the first three poems I flipped to still sum up today the way I feel about Brautigan: the imagery of "Late Starting Dawn" made me fall in love with poetry, the ideology of "Shellfish" made me fall in love with creation, and the verbiage of "It Was Your Idea to Go to Bed with Her" made me fall in love with the English language. Though his poetry is simply constructed, that simplicity is the perfect format for his beautiful understanding of and attraction to words. Richard Brautigan puts human life, from the intellectual pursuits to sexual endeavors, into such physical proximity with the reader that one is left with the feeling of looking someone in the eyes and understanding them for the first time. His passion for the aesthetics of words and life is astoundingly apparent. These poems will make you want to live your life beautifully, and help you see that you already do.
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By Zinovy Y. Vayman on December 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt
by Richard Brautigan.

The author was a minimalist poet zoomed out by Zen.
Dig this

Forget love
I want to die
in your yellow hair.

Or this one

slow/dark...black/seeming
approach:
a plant by an open window

A bit above the standard 17 syllables, this theorem debouches:

She tries to get things out of men
that she can't get because she 's not
15% prettier.

40 years ago the haiku-like poems were in the mainstream American poetry. This observation fits perfectly in my theory that haiku-like images and structures were divorced from the commercially successful poetry only after the 60s when the classical forms were falling out of fashion and the American society became increasingly diversified. In sync, the belle lettres genres became compartmentalized too. Many academia poets decided to look at the haiku and senryu as an easy exercise of 5-7-5 syllables. Their condescending stance is clear from The New Yorker to the Grub Street Writers, Inc., a private writing school in Boston which openly says in their advertisement brochure, “OK, you have already mastered haiku. Isn't it the right time for you to write something more profound?”
I am holding this saved book sent from the times when a talented poet (“There's not a more exciting, more challenging writer working in America today” stated on the back cover of the Brautigan's book!) could publish and republish this haikuish miniature in traditions of the Japanese masters:

Drinking wine this afternoon
I realize
the days are getting longer.

The cover shows a comely young woman sitting in a sandbox of a yesteryear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ardbeg on November 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Someday this will be out of copyright,
and we will all have free downloads,
or maybe Amazon will charge 99 cents because the offered edition will contain a new introduction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By courtney J angermeier on June 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Do you think of me as often as I think of you?
R. Brautigan
The photo on the cover would be worth the price of the book even if the poems were awful, and they're not. In fact, they're great. Light, withought being trivial, this one's a quick read that stays on. Brautigan's uniqe humor is pervasive and nothing is quite as simple as it might seem at first glance. Warning: Don't think about them too much. These are not grab on and chew kinds of poem-lettes. They're funny ineffable little beasts. I especially like Donner Party and Clad in Garments Like a Silver Disease. A great book just to have knocking about the house. Rock on Brautigan!
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