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The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster
First softcover edition
AuthorRichard Brautigan
Cover artistEdmund Shea
CountryUnited States
PublisherFour Seasons Foundation
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Softcover)
Preceded byPlease Plant This Book 
Followed byRommel Drives on Deep into Egypt 

The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster is Richard Brautigan's seventh poetry publication. A limited, signed, hard cover edition of fifty copies was issued simultaneously with the soft cover version of the first edition.

The collection of ninety-eight poems includes thirty-eight that were previously uncollected. The rest were gathered from five of Brautigan's previous poetry publications.[1] In some cases, all of the poems from an earlier book were included in this volume.

The title poem uses just four lines to draw a parallel between the 1958 Springhill mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia and the use by the author's lover of birth control pills.[2]

   When you take your pill
   it's like a mine disaster.
   I think of all the people
        lost inside of you.
"The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster" (1968)[1]


  1. ^ a b "Richard Brautigan > The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster".
  2. ^ Foundation, Poetry (September 27, 2019). "The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster by Richard Brautigan". Poetry Foundation.
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