Kenneth Patchen (December 13, – January 8, ) was an American poet and novelist. He experimented with different forms of writing and incorporated. American poet and novelist, Kenneth Patchen, was largely self-taught and never seemed to gain widespread recognition from the prominent literary critics or. Kenneth Patchen (–) was a poet and novelist. Born the son of a steelworker in Niles, Ohio, Patchen suffered an early tragedy when his younger sister.

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Kenneth Patchen

Patchen pioneered the “drawing-and-poem form” as well as the painting-and-poem form [13] and produced over a thousand “painted books”, special copies of his own works with original paintings on the covers.

The Dove walks with sticky feet Upon the green crowns of the almon Its feathers smeared over with war Like honey That dips lazily down into the sha.

I was having a life clear-out and wasn’t thinking straight. This description, which Patchen rejected, never stuck since his work varied widely in subject, style and form. The sleds of the children Move down the right slope.

But you and I can e To see angels in the meadowgrass t Like cows – And wherever we are in paradise. Cummingsallowed him to regain his mobility, but the relief was short-lived: Patchen had a football scholarship there but had to drop out when he injured his back. Then, inPatchen noted in the letter quoted above that another surgery at the Presbyterian Medical Center of San Francisco ended in disaster.

Man of Anger and Light in Archived from the original on April 14, O men Of my Patchen had a football scholarship there but had to drop out when he injured his back.

To the left, hazed in the tumbling A thousand lights smudge Within the branches of the old for. Despite his constant struggle, his strong relationship with Miriam supported him and would continue to support him through the hardships that plagued him for most of his adult life.


I write the lips of the moon upon temple of silvery farawayness I gu For her poeme I write a stillness o world. Inhe sued his surgeon for medical malpractice and lost. A recording was released on the German jazzwerkstatt label entitled Be Music, Night in I had two wonderful poems of him that I lost.

First Patchen took her to meet his parents in Youngstown, then they got married on June 28,in nearby Sharon, Kennethh. In his own words, “I speak for a generation born in one war and doomed to die in another. And all that jenneth this day. Patchen first began to develop his interest in literature and poetry while he was in high school, and the New York Times published his first poem while he was still in college. It’s the first comment on Patchen.

Inwhile Patchen was still a teenager, his younger sister Kathleen was struck and killed by an automobile. I believe that a young woman Is standing in poms circle of lions In the other side of the sky.

Kenneth Patchen – Poems, Biography, Quotes

Let us have madness openly. After leaving school, Patchen travelled across the country, taking itinerant jobs in such places as Arkansas, Louisiana and Georgia. I’m from Belgium and had only the patcheen to read what I can still find on the web. You can go down the page and see the original: We go out together into the starin And buy cheese and bread and littl flowered labels Everywhere is a tent where we put show. Notable book reviews provide a reasonably accurate gauge of the public response to Patchen’s work when it was initially published.

A Collection of Essays Archived from the original on March patchenn, Read the full of Let Us Have Madness.


Though he denied any direct connection, Patchen’s work and ideas regarding the role of artists paralleled those of the Dadaists, the Beats, and Surrealists.

A Centennial Selectionedited by Patchen’s friend Jonathan Clark, in celebration of the centenary poem Patchen’s birth. EliotWilliam Carlos Williamsand E.

A full-color collection of Patchen’s photos and art, An Astonished Eye: For a short time, inPatchen even took an office job working for New Directions. The Snow Is Deep on the Ground. He also experimented with his childlike “painted poems,” many of which were published posthumously in the collection What Shall We Do Without Us. His first published work was in his high school newspaper. Despite his constant struggle, his strong relationship with Miriam supported him and would continue to support him through the hardships that plagued him for most of his adult life.

See it trail across Time’s dim land Into the closed house of eternity With the noise that dying has, With the face that dead things wear– nor ever say We wanted more; we looked to find An open door, an utter deed of love, Transforming day’s evil darkness; but We found extended hell and fog Upon the earth, and within the head A rotting bog of lean huge graves.

In the late s Moe Asch of Folkways Records recorded Patchen reading his poetry and excerpts from one of his novels.

Lawrence, and even to the Bible. Views Read Edit View history. The weight of this personal battle was compounded by his sensitivity to greater issues of humanity, and his poetry paid special attention to the horrors of war.