Parnassian Moments 30 January: Richard Gary Brautigan


The Boypoet Remembers....

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Poet: Richard Gary Brautigan

Dates: 30 January 1935 – 14 September 1984

Nationality: American

Title of Poem: Your Catfish Friend

If I were to live my life
in catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
one evening
when the moon was shining
down into my dark home
and stand there at the edge
of my affection
and think, “It’s beautiful
here by this pond.I wish
somebody loved me,”
I’d love you and be your catfish
friend and drive such lonely
thoughts from your mind
and suddenly you would be
at peace,
and ask yourself, “I wonder
if there are any catfish
in this pond?It seems like
a perfect place for them.”

Brief Biography: Brautigan, a poet and author, led a troubled life battling alcholism and depression. His work became popular during the Hippy culture…

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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