Kenneth Patchen

(13 December 1911 - 8 January 1972 / Ohio)

Comments about Kenneth Patchen

  • Sarah Grace Pierce (7/26/2012 7:51:00 AM)

    Like Lars, I read the journal of Albion Moonlight during the war years of Vietnam Nam...but this poem I have remembered, Creation and many other of his love poems, there is no person who does not want to be loved as Mirium was loved.Anybody remember The Origin of Baseball?

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  • Larry Smith (6/24/2009 6:28:00 PM)

    Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972) is America's Rebel Poet, as my biography on him declares. He was a maverick who had a great respect for form and for humanity, which he shares so generously in his work. He and wife Miriam are one of the great love stories in American literature...lovers and rebels seeking a new order for humankind, they sought to witness the tragedy of America and yet keep a vision of wholeness and wonder. Any young poet who misses Patchen, misses a model he will have to discover on his/her own.

  • Ola Lars Andresen (9/24/2005 8:03:00 PM)

    I'm amazed to find myself the first to offer a comment about Kenneth Patchen. I've read him over and again since 1967, so it's time then. To make it short. Without him, there wouldn't have been a beat generation or any beat poetry or fiction - the way it all came along. Patchen inspired them all. I first came across his name in a small collection of literary essays by Henry Miller, but I first got a chance to read him when offered some books by a fugative representative of the Black Panters a year before the European student revolts in 1968.

    I'm till this day intrigued by a novel called The Journal of Albion Moonlight, first published in 1950, I belive. Unfortunately I think its message is more valid now than ever. The way I read it, it's about a fascist US.

    And his poems? Just start reading, laughing and crying.

    If somebody wonders about my age and gender, I'm close to 60 and male.

  • Ola Lars Andresen (9/24/2005 8:00:00 PM)

    I'm amazed to find myself the first to offer a comment about Kenneth Patchen. I've read him over and again since 1967, so it's time then. To make it short. Without him, there wouldn't have been a beat generation or any beat poetry or fiction - the way it all came along. Patchen inspired them all. I first came across his name in a small collection of literary essays by Henry Miller, but I first got a chance to read him when offered some books by a fugative representative of the Black Panters a year before the European student revolts in 1968.

    I'm till this day intrigued by a novel called The Journal of Albion Moonlight, first published in 1950, I belive. Unfortunatelyg I think its message is more valid now than ever. The way I read it, it's about a fascist US.

    And his poems? Just start reading, laughing and crying.

    If somebody wonders about my age and gender, I'm close to 60 and male.

Best Poem of Kenneth Patchen

As We Are So Wonderfully Done With Each Other

As we are so wonderfully done with each other
We can walk into our separate sleep
On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies

O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one
Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers
My hands are hallowed where they touched over your
soft curving.

It is good to be weary from that brilliant work
It is being God to feel your breathing under me

A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .
Don’t let anyone in to wake us.

Read the full of As We Are So Wonderfully Done With Each Other

The Slums

That should be obvious
Of course it won't
Any fool knows that.
Even in the winter.
Consider for a moment.
What?
Consider what!
They never have.
Why now?

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