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19 March 2008

all watched over by machines of loving grace / a poem by Richard Brautigan

a poem by Richard Brautigan in the sidewalk of San Francisco, California USA. Click, maybe it gets bigger.

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all watched over by machines of loving grace

by Richard Brautigan (1935 – 1984)


I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

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.


Copyright (c) 1963 by Richard Brautigan

2 comments:

Jamie Jordan said...

can you tell me where this plaque on the sidewalk of san francisco was?

Vleeptron Dude said...

HEY! JAMIE!

(hope you see this reply ...)

YOU live in San Francisco!

*I* live on a very short mnountain in the Deep Woods of Massachusetts.

YOU TELL ME WHERE THE BRAUTIGAN POEM PLAQUE IS!

(Please ... and then please tell me where in SF the plaque is.)

Meanwhile ... I saw your list of poets ...

WHY DON'T YOU LIKE GARY SNYDER???

(if u had some awkward personal encounter with the gentleman, please send me all the nasty gossip, i love nasty gossip about the Beat Generation ...)

Okay okay please check out this post

http://vleeptronz.blogspot.com/2010/08/publicke-notice-all-watched-over-by.html

which has my original faux postage mail art of "All Watched Over ...", please feel free to make a t-shirt of it.

Also how come Brautigan didn't stay famous and immortal? Once Upon A Time, a college-educated American was not allowed to live without owning every book Brautigan ever wrote. What happened?

P.S. Vleeptron Dude's "day job" is what Faulkner referred to as "failed poet."