Poem of the Day – Tuesday, October ten

In Iraq War, Misc., US Politics on October 10, 2006 at 12:08 am

“Star-Spangled” Nails

by Richard Brautigan


You’ve got

some “Star-Spangled”


in your coffin, kid.

That’s what

they’ve done for you,


  1. yo krems, could you tell me a bit abt the author? that’s a powerful bit.

  2. That poem was published in 1968, In a collection of Poems called ‘The Pill Versus The Springhill Mine Disaster’.

    I’ll probably post the title poem sometime, just for a change of pace, and because its funny and scary at the same time.

    He wrote a lot of ridiculous poems and novels. His novels are more like diary entries than anything else, and they detail his wanderings around America, fishing for trout. He always refers to his girlfriend as “the woman who travels with me.”

    Most of his poems are about women, and they’re funny, and odd. Here’s one:

    It’s Going Down
    by Richard Brautigan

    Magic is the color of the thing you wear
    with a dragon for a button
    and a lion for a lamp
    with a carrot for a collar
    and a salmon for a zipper.

    Hey! You’re turning me on: baby.
    That’s the way its going down.


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