All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

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For The Adam Curtis documentary, see All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (TV series). For the industrial rock band, see Machines of Loving Grace.
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
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First edition
Author Richard Brautigan
Cover artist Bill Brock
Country United States
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher Communication Company
Publication date
1967
Media type Print (Softcover)
Preceded by The Octopus Frontier
Followed by Please Plant This Book

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is Richard Brautigan's fifth poetry publication. As with several of his early works, the entire edition (of 1,500 copies) was distributed for free. The title poem envisions a world where cybernetics has advanced to a stage where it allows a return to the balance of nature and an elimination of the need for human labor. All thirty-two of the poems in this collection were republished in The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster.

   I like to think
       (it has to be!)
   of a cybernetic ecology
   where we are free of our labors
   and joined back to nature,
   returned to our mammal
   brothers and sisters,
   and all watched over
   by machines of loving grace.[1]

Excerpt from All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (1967)

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The title was later used by Tucson, Arizona industrial rock band Machines of Loving Grace, formed in 1989, and in its full form by British musician Martin Carr as the title of a 2004 album, as well as a 2011 television series by documentary maker Adam Curtis.[2]

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