Release dateNovember 2016
Release numberHeartworm #68
Heartworm is proud to release our edition of Richard Brautigan’s eighth poetry book publication, Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt.
First published in 1970, Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt is a collection of eighty-five primitive poems full of the innovation, wit, and anti-intellectualism that became a signature that only Brautigan could achieve. Often imitated, never duplicated.
"Have You Ever Had a Witch Bloom like a Highway"
Have you ever had a witch bloom like a highway
on your mouth? and turn your breathing to her
fancy? like a little car with blue headlights
passing forever in a dream?
Robert Novak wrote in Dictionary of Literary Biography that "Brautigan is commonly seen as the bridge between the Beat Movement of the 1950s and the youth revolution of the 1960s." A so-called guru of the sixties counterculture, Brautigan wrote of nature, life, and emotion; his unique imagination provided the unusual settings for his themes. Critics frequently compared his work to that of such writers as Thoreau, Hemingway, Barthelme, and Twain.” Richard Brautigan died in 1984 at age 49.
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