This collection of poems was first published in 1968 in the United States, and was sufficiently successful to be issued in a UK edition by Jonathan Cape in 1970. The poems have an almost childlike simplicity and directness which speaks clearly to the reader without confusing him/her.
Richard Gary Brautigan (1935–1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work is full of black comedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his novels 'Trout Fishing in America' (1967) and 'In Watermelon Sugar' (1968). He began his career as a poet, his first collection appearing in 1957. His first novel was 'A Confederate General from Big Sur' (1964), about a seemingly delusional man who believes himself to be the descendant of a Confederate general. Brautigan published numerous prose and poetry collections until 1982, and committed suicide in 1984. Friends described him as a 'naif' and childlike personality, but he suffered from schizophrenia and other psychological problems, and was clearly a somewhat troubled and fragile soul.
Our copy is a 1st UK edition copy (1st impression), with no dust jacket (?as issued). The initial publication was in paperback (pub. by Four Seasons Foundation in 1968). Bound in photo-illustrated cloth boards with title etc in black lettering on the yellow spine, it shows few signs of wear apart from a bump at the bottom of the front cover, a little shelf wear to top & bottom of the spine, some minor darkening to the top of the text block, and general grubbiness to the (white) back cover. Inside, the front fep has been largely removed (see photo), the binding is firm, and all pages are clean and bright.