The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster
First softcover edition
|Cover artist||Edmund Shea|
|Publisher||Four Seasons Foundation|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Softcover)|
|Preceded by||The Octopus Frontier|
|Followed by||Please Plant This Book|
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. 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, in that both leave life, with all of its potential, buried forever.
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)