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Please Plant This Book
AuthorRichard Brautigan
Cover artistBill Brock
CountryUnited States
PublisherRichard Brautigan
Publication date
Media typePrint (Softcover)
Preceded byAll Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace 
Followed byThe Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster 

Please Plant This Book is the sixth volume of poetry published by American writer Richard Brautigan. The collection consists of a glued folder containing eight seed packets, with a poem printed on the front of each.[1] The book was Brautigan's last self-publishing venture.[2] The edition had a run of 6,000 free copies.[3] The entire edition was offered for free distribution; permission to reprint the collection was explicitly granted, as long as the new printing was also offered free of charge. Although a relatively large edition for an early Brautigan work, it is now considered a rarity.

The eight poem titles and associated seed packets are as follows:[4][5]

Dinefwr Literature Festival

This project was re-created for the Dinefwr Literature Festival, which took place in June 2012[6] in West Wales. The start of the festival was celebrated through events inspired by the author. In addition to reprinting the poetry folders, the public was taken on a walk through the grounds where a pomegranate tree, nicknamed "the Brautigan pomegranate", was planted. Ianthe Brautigan, Brautigan's daughter, had flown in from San Francisco to join in the celebrations.

Richard Brautigan


  1. ^ "The Psychedelic Sixties: 1968". Retrieved 2024-03-11.
  2. ^ "Richard Brautigan > Please Plant This Book". 2023-01-27. Retrieved 2024-03-13.
  3. ^ "Columbia University Libraries Online Exhibitions | 1968: The Global Revolutions". Retrieved 2024-03-11.
  4. ^ "Richard Brautigan > Please Plant This Book". Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  5. ^ GridPhilly (2018-06-18). "Local poet Francis Daulerio's final collaboration with Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison". Grid Magazine. Retrieved 2024-03-13.
  6. ^ "Dinefwr Literature Festival". Literature Wales. Retrieved 2024-03-13.
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