Kenneth Patchen Poems
- As We Are So Wonderfully Done ...
- Let Us Have Madness Let us have madness openly. O men Of my...
- Fall Of The Evening Star Speak softly; sun going down Out of...
- There Are Not Many Kingdoms Le... I write the lips of the moon...
- The Artist's Duty So it is the duty of the artist to ...
- The Slums That should be obvious Of course it won't Any ...
- When We Were Here Together when we were here together in a ...
an American poet and novelist. 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. Patchen's ambitious body of work also foreshadowed literary art-forms ranging from reading poetry to jazz accompaniment to his late experiments with visual poetry (which he called his "picture poems").
In 1911, Kenneth Patchen was born in Niles, Ohio. His lifelong romance with writing commenced at age twelve, when he took up keeping a diary and reading the works of famous writers. His first published work was in his high school newspaper. After working for two years with his father, ... more »
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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
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.