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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


posted by on November 11 at 16:00 PM

Best American Poetry has a little bit of a Richard Brautigan reminiscence up on their blog. It’s nice to be reminded of Brautigan’s greatness every now and again.

Everything Tom Robbins gets credit for being, Brautigan was. And though I’m more fond of his novels—especially Confederate General in Big Sur and In Watermelon Sugar and The Abortion—Best American Poetry put this poem, “Catfish Friend,” on their blog. It’s one of my all-time favorite sappy romantic poems, and I’m going to run it here just for you:


Awww. Now to get the cloying taste out of your mouth, here’s some writing Charles D’Ambrosio did that references Brautigan. He’s a big Brautigan fan—I just accidentally typed “Brautifan,” which is oddly appropriate—and the essay he did on Brautigan for Swink Magazine was excellent, although it’s currently out of print.

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Awwww... that's my new favorite poem.

Posted by wench | November 11, 2008 4:50 PM

I miss Brautigan. My recently deceased brother -- once a paragon of true flower-child culture -- introduced me to those short novels when I was just a lad. They led to Tom Robbins, sure enough. And that can be dangerous for a midwestern boy.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 11, 2008 4:57 PM

this is one of my favorite sappy poems EVER, and I'm delighted to be reminded of it. thanks, paul!

Posted by grace | November 11, 2008 5:10 PM

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