The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

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The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster
First softcover edition
Author Richard Brautigan
Cover artist Edmund Shea
Country United States
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher Four Seasons Foundation
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover and Softcover)
Pages 108
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.[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, 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)[1]

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