"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.




Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It’s a good day for an old poem about Richard Brautigan.

It is Tuesday

And I’ve bought a used copy
of In Watermelon Sugar
and underlined on page 2 is
“It is Tuesday
and the sun is golden,”
and it makes sense
in a way I could never
explain.



©1995 Patrick Shawn Bagley
from Kumquat Meringue #6 ©2001 Kumquat Press
Kumquat Meringue was (is?) a great little ‘zine “dedicated to the memory of Richard Brautigan.”

3 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Nice poem, and thanks for reminding me of Brautigan. I really enjoyed his books. Maybe "forgotten Friday" material.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Thanks, Bill.

THE HAWKLINE MONSTER and DREAMING OF BABYLON are prime candidates for a Fridays pick.

Lisa said...

What a great, great poem!!! And I've got an old copy of "In Watermelon Sugar" myself. Thanks for sharing this.