Kenneth Patchen

(13 December 1911 - 8 January 1972 / Ohio)

Poems of Kenneth Patchen

The Artist's Duty

So it is the duty of the artist to discourage all traces of shame
To extend all boundaries
To fog them in right over the plate
To kill only what is ridiculous
To establish problem
To ignore solutions
To listen to no one
To omit nothing
To contradict everything

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