he gave away most of his hats

by john clark

There should be two monuments
to Richard Brautigan.

One will stand tall in the
midst of overcrowded Tokyo.
Japanese children will
offer the marble giant
millions of paper cranes.
All their wishes will
come true and they’ll never
mispronounce his name.

The other monument shall be
carved from a great mountain
in the dwindling wilderness
of Montana. American kids
will leave empties, poetic
graffiti and paperbacks.
It’s a massive nation.
He’s a towering figure.
We’ll need a vast mountain.