By Richard Brautigan

ISBN-10: 0547525532

ISBN-13: 9780547525532

Richard Brautigan used to be a literary idol of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies whose comedian genius and iconoclastic imaginative and prescient of yank existence stuck the mind's eye of adolescents in all places. He got here of age in the course of the Haight-Ashbury interval and has been referred to as "the final of the Beats." His early books grew to become required examining for the hip iteration, and on its booklet Trout Fishing in America turned a world bestseller. An indescribable romp, the radical is healthier summed up in a single note: mayonnaise.

This new version comprises an advent through the poet Billy Collins, who first encountered Brautigan's paintings as a pupil in California.

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Causes and consequences, choices — these are the concerns especially of political poets. If this sounds rationalistic, one should remember that political writing addresses the possibility of deliberate action. Distinguished political poetry, as I see it, challenges the political opinions of its audience; it does not merely extend the blunt discourse that is routine in political controversy. The best political poetry draws lines differently than the newspapers do, and this is exactly the challenge to its audience.

Partisan Review and the other mainstream reviews of the late 1940s and 1950s regularly published Letters from Paris, London, Berlin, Munich, Spain, and Rome, but no Letters from Seoul, Tokyo, or Kyoto. Literary intellectuals were not particularly interested in Asia, though American troops were stationed in the Pacific as well as the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. And America would fight its next two wars in the Far East. Literary intellectuals sought the prestige of European culture, in the postwar years, not a grasp of the political future.

When Cal, a Colt-packing anarchistic wanderer, is beaten by McGrath's uncle, the male society extends to him no immediate assistance or sympathy: "They had left Cal there / In the bloody dust that day . . " [my ellipsis]. The tough guys leave him to the shame of having been beaten by a tougher guy. " Political solidarity does not replace the individualistic macho code of the west, whereby men fight one on one and gather together to sing, boast, spit, and gang bang farmgirls. McGrath adopts with bravado — guilty, I think — the style of this solidarity, even though it sometimes repels him.

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