The Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen

The Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen

The Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen

The Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen

Synopsis

This selection is drawn from ten earlier volumes by the poet who has been called “the most compelling force in American poetry since Whitman.” The late Kenneth Patchen was unique among contemporary poets for his direct and passionate concern with the most essential elements in the tragic, comic, blundering and at rare moments glorious world around us. He wrote about the things we can feel with our whole being––the senselessness of war, the need for love among men on earth, the presence of God in man, the love for a beloved woman, social injustice, and the continual resurgence of the beautiful in life.

Excerpt

The poems in this selection are taken from the following volumes and were chosen by the publisher, not the author. The provenance of each poem is listed in the table of contents by number.

1. BEFORE THE BRAVE ( 1936)

2. FIRST WILL & TESTAMENT ( 1939)

3. THE DARK KINGDOM ( 1942)

4. THE TEETH OF THE LION ( 1942)

5. CLOTH OF THE TEMPEST ( 1943)

6. AN ASTONISHED EYE LOOKS OUT OF THE AIR ( 1945)

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