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1. Selected Poems
2. The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer:
3. The Journal of Albion Moonlight
4. Collected Poems (New Directions
5. There's Love All Day
6. We Meet
7. What Shall We Do Without Us; The
8. The Walking-Away World (New Directions
9. The Selected Poems of Kenneth
10. Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in
11. Awash With Roses: The Collected
12. Tribute to Kenneth Patchen
14. Kenneth Patchen: An Annotated,
15. Hallelujah Anyway! a Kenneth Patchen
16. There's Love All Day: Poems By
17. Semi-Private Rooms (Kenneth Patchen
18. Kenneth Patchen (Twayne's United
19. Kenneth Patchen: A Collection
20. Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen,

1. Selected Poems
by Kenneth Patchen
 Paperback: 146 Pages (1957-01-17)
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Asin: 0811201465
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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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy-licious poetry
I purchased this book because it had one of my favorite poems in it: "What There Is." I did not know that Patchen was such a prolific poet, however, and the books contains many poems new to me. This is fairly comprehensive, containing far more than the first collection of his which I bought in the 1970s.

3-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful... in parts.
Kenneth Patchen, Selected Poems (New Directions, 1957)

Selected by the New Directions staff after Patchen's death, Selected Poems was meant to introduce a new generation to the poet and novelist the back cover calls "the most compelling force in American poetry since Whitman." (One wonders what Allen Ginsberg, whose "Howl" had been published by New Directions two years previous, had to say about that.) The collection does a good job at introduction, and does an even better job at showing the inconsistency of Patchen's poetic work.

Even those readers who have never attempted creative writing themselves are likely to have had at least one English teacher try and hammer "show, don't tell" into their heads. Patchen's contemporary and fellow New Directions poet William Carlos Williams put it even better: "no ideas but in things." Marshall McLuhan called this immutable rule "the medium is the message." Patchen understood this, and his best work in this collection shows it in breathtaking style, especially in a collection of short prose pieces from The Famous Boating Party towards the end of the book that are worth slogging through the first hundred pages. However, the majority of those first hundred pages show Patchen forgot it, and regularly, in his fervor to write tepid, ineffectual antiwar poems. It's hard to imagine the same guy wrote the painfully awkward

He who can come to his own formulation
Shall be found to assume mastery
Over the roads which lead
On the whole human event
("The Climate of War")

also wrote the jaw-dropping

Sword on the wind, black knuckles of a thief, is this
King to be left here like a cast-off dog? the bloated
tongues of flies licking the juice of is saving wounds?
("Red Wine and Yellow Hair")

As the above section from the uniformly wonderful "Red Wine and Yellow Hair" hopefully makes evident, when Patchen is on his game, he is very, very on his game. Every once in a while, especially towards the end of the book, something rises out of the stew of didacticity and smackes the reader right between the eyes. And those moments are well worth the cover price of this book. I just wish there had been more of them. *** ... Read more

2. The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer: An Amusement (New Directions Classics, 879)
by Kenneth Patchen
Paperback: 242 Pages (1999-06)
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Asin: 0811214117
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Can you imagine why a pornographer would be shy? Are you satisfied with the state of (a) World Society (b) your soul (c) American writing? Are you in the habit of reading books that could have been written by anybody? Do you really want the truth? Do you know how angels learn to fly? What would you feed a green deer? Do you think a profound social message can be conveyed by a book that is comic in character? When Kenneth Patchen's comic masterpiece, The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer first appeared in 1945, these questions were asked on the dust jacket. They have never seemed more relevant. The hilarious saga of Alfred Budd of Bivalve, New Jersey-a Candide-like innocent and part-time pornographer, written with what Diane DiPrima called Patchen's "tender silliness," should inspire a new generation of readers ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Memoirs is a good read, but even better the second time!
I was lent this book years ago and loved it. I couldn't remember the name of the book or the author until I saw it at a friends house, I immediatly placed my order on Amazon! This book holds alot more space in my mind now that I have read it a second time! Kenneth Patchen pulls me out of a often subdude life into his high detail fantasy world of absolute chaos!

5-0 out of 5 stars He Fondled Paper
testing it for weight and resiliency, loving it as one who loves potential. He taught me that "Reality begins in the dream." What an odd man, to know these things in an age when the pride of knowing belied its limitations.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great tale of love, both sacred and profane
This book has two plots reflecting themes that run throughout much of Patchen's work: the absurdity of the "profane" civilized world and the importance of focusing on the "sacred" or natural world to bring meaning, order, and purpose to human existence. The device Patchen chose for the first theme is that of censorship of erotic content in literature. It is from this that the book derives its title. When this book was written in 1945, books were often published in the US with ellipses substituting for erotic content. The beginning of the book tells the story of a first novel of innocent love, called The Spool of Destiny, written by Albert Budd of Bivalve, New Jersey. An unscrupulous editor changes the book's name to The Spill of Desire and substitutes **** and . . . . for Albert's innocent words throughout the text in such quantity that the book must be published overseas. Albert becomes a best-selling pornographer who everyone wants to meet and make love to.

About half-way through the work Albert meets and falls in love with another innocent, Priscilla, and the story moves from the profane life of New York society to a sacred love that works miracles and heals all wrongs. This is the most moving part of the book and Patchen's best portrayal of this mystical, transformational love that inspires so many of his poems. I think many readers might give up this book in the first half and miss this gem of prose writing embedded in the second half.

If you like Patchen's poetry, you must read this book. If you haven't read Patchen before, stop whatever you are doing and either read this book or a book of his poetry. He is truly a great American author and this is his most approachable novel. This review is dedicated to Miriam, Kenneth Patchen's wife and inspiration, who died in 2001.

4-0 out of 5 stars But even so. . .a fine book
I have always liked Kenneth Patchen poetry.This novel has a wonderful title.I would almost have to read it solely on the basis of the title. It is not the greatest prose I ever read but it was a very engaging tale. I have to admit that the whole time I was reading it I kept thinking tomyself I bet Bob Dylan read this book.A lot of the names and imagery wasreminiscent of the lyrics of Dylan.Since Patchen came first it stands toreason that he bore an influence on Bob Dylan.It is a very enjoyable readfor anyone that likes surrealic prose.Patchen was always an outstandingpoet and this book more than reveals his gift for writing prose.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books of all time.
Maybe a bit arcane (1945 issues for 1999) but I've never read a sweeter or more charming book. ... Read more

3. The Journal of Albion Moonlight
by Kenneth Patchen
Paperback: 320 Pages (1961-01-17)
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A chronicle of violent fury and compassion, written when Surrealism was still vigorous and doing battle with psychotic "reality," The Journal of Albion Moonlight is the American monument to engagement.Kenneth Patchen sets off on an allegorical journey of his own in which the far boundaries of love and murder, madness and sex are sensually explored. His is the tale of a disordered pilgrimage to H. Roivas (Heavenly Savior) in which the deranged responses of individuals point up the outer madness from which they derive in a more imaginative way that social protest generally allows.

Like Camus, Kenneth Patchen is anti-cool, anti-hip, anti-beat. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quit Being a Wimp and Take the Challenge
Hands down one of the best books I have ever read.Every narrative convention is completely challenged.It is impossible for any two readers to read this novel the same way.Comical and impossible to understand yet steeped in meaning and depth.A tape recorded conversation of Hitler and Jesus in a taxi, murder, the invasion of the United States during World War II (which at the time of composition was a reality), ...what's not to like?"The Journal..." is a work of art and challenges you.There are readers who seek to open their minds with the unpredictable results of experimentation and there are readers who seek to reinforce the familiar (=boring) objects of shallow and spiritless minds.
This work created in a time when artists made art and put their energies into more than "appearing" as an artist.
Quit being a p!@#$* and read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Has sustained me for decades
Like many reviewers here, I also read this book a LONG time ago. Yet there is one idea from this book that has stuck with me all these years. As a creative person, it has sustained me, encouraged me, and got me going again whenever doubt crept in: "If you are a maker, you will know that somewhere the thing you would do has already been done, and you will set about quietly to do it."That said, file my latest effort,Shake That Brain: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You're At It,under "books on creativity."

3-0 out of 5 stars Moonlight revisited
Recently came across a copy of Albion's Journal, signed and dated by his wife Miriam. So this made the re-reading more personal, somehow. I work as a bookpricer for a Friends of the Library group; someone donated the book to us.
I'd read Albion Moonlight once or twice before, never in its entirety (an intriguing impossibility -- unless you are fond of lists, and outlines of possible books, and marginalia to the max).
The journal as a journal pretty much disappears as a structure after about 50 pages -- but then later comes back -- and goes away -- and the dates proceed for a while, then sort of recycle. May to June and on, but you never get past August. And then you're back, somehow, to May again.
Taken as a whole, the work seems more an artifact, or art object -- even a stunning one -- but also then something to look at and admire for its conception, rather than read. That's true of the last half or possibly as much as two-thirds of the work.

Yet, all in all, I enjoyed meeting again with Albion and his rag-tag gang. The book is probably more over-hyped than any other "literary" title I've ever come across -- nonetheless, it remains engaging.
I've read plenty of other "odd" novels, not always with pleasure. (OK, I'll confess, I seek them out.) I didn't care much for Nabokov's "Pale Fire" -- but loved many of Julio Cortazar's parables and novels, including "Hopscotch." Gunter Grass' "Dog Years" remains an all-time favorite. Neither of those have much to do with traditional, progressive narrative time-lines. Yet that's very much part of what makes each one, in very different ways, effective.
However, Patchen's rejection of narrative, or distaste for it, a love and hate affair working through the journal -- for me, this got very wearying.
Moonlight is hilarious, did I say that? It has parts which are uproarious, and at places it is shockingly funny -- disturbingly so. These often very brief sections may be where it's most effective.
But there's plenty of vile stuff, too. And and and ... is he preaching against murder or advocating it? Again and again he explains how he seeks to murder "murder." Then he says he lied. Or that God (Roivas) made him lie when he said that. And so on.
Patchen plays with making as many contradictory statements as possible, then makes contradictory statements about contradiction itself. This same sort of perverse persistence goes on with other themes and literary tropes. Often what makes the work live is the wild inventiveness present, but the invention then dies away with this tedious repetitiveness.
So -- read with caution, but do read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Patchen Destroys "Books"
This "novel" is more of a primitive, surreal, hallucinatory, dream-like rage against WW2 & mankind's hatred in general than a standard book. Form gets tossed out the window, and this does make the book a bit of a struggle at times, but that's just the point. It shouldn't be easy to understand another man's feelings & it isn't easy getting Patchen's. This book is definately not for everyone, and I'd almost say "read the last half of the book first if you wanna get it from the get-go." It took me a few weeks to read this, reading several other things while mulling over parts of this "journal", but I'm glad I stuck with it & kept thinking about it. It's a very powerful work that crackles like a thundercloud. Just don't expect a straightforward novel. That ain't what this is...

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the BOOK.
If all of the other books in the world were to disappear one night, this would suffice to entertain and to educate for the rest of time. ... Read more

4. Collected Poems (New Directions Books)
by Kenneth Patchen
Paperback: 516 Pages (1969-10-01)
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Patchen, Collected Poems. The great poet's complete poetry. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars A regrettably poor poet, seek out the prose works instead
The poet Kenneth Patchen is a fascinating figure. He was a conscientious objector in World War II, the "good war" even many pacifists would refuse to have stayed out of. He was unconnected to academia, writing highly personal poetry without quotation of other works or allusions to the canon. And he was an eclectic figure, the poet-as-loner one moment and a collaborator with jazzmen in poetry recitals the next. Yet, for all the fascinating details of his biography, his poetry is overwhelmingly disappointing. This volume of "collected poems", really a selection of material from 1936 to 1967 that leaves quite a bit out, shows the wild inconsistency of his entire career.

In the poetry of World War II, pacifist prophecy is in the spotlight, and it is often as troublesome to the reader as Ezra Pound's work of the same era. In the "The Stars Go to Sleep So Peacefully", the first poem selected from "An Astonished Eye Looks Out of the Air" (1945), written long after the U.S. was dragged into the war and the Final Solution was underway, Patchen calls the Allies "little fools ... in haste of money". That he afterward adds the eloquent lines "Love is impaled on a million bayonets" doesn't mean the reader forgets about his peculiar view on this war. In "The Way Men Live is a Lie", from the same volume, a diatribe against supposedly greedy generals looking for profit--which due to its considerable use of profanity I cannot quote here--is again followed by general pacifist sentiments that would be unobjectionable if not for what came before.

The war poems could be left aside if the rest of the material were good--as, for example, is often done with Pound. But he other themes make for embarassing verse. Patchen deeply loved his life Miriam, writing numerous love poems to her. These, however, are usually doggerel worthy of shy high-school note passing. Take, for example, the poem "For Myriam" (1942): "O the world is a place of veils and roses / when she is there / I come to her in wonder / ... And there is nothing cruel or mad or evil / Anywhere."

This last poem features furthermore one of Patchen's most tired trope, the filler "O". Almost every poem of his contains this, e.g. "O the eagle empties his terrible eye upon them", "O the beautiful again...", "O the wonderful wonderful wonderful", "O green birds / that sings the earth to wakefulness", "O she is as lovely-often as every day". Patchen the poet had no skill in naturally flowing poetry, everything is full of ridiculous rhetorical exaggeration.

Patchen's prose works, THE JOURNAL OF ALBION MOONLIGHT (published by New Directions) and SLEEPERS AWAKE (long out of print, but available at many libraries) are much less problematic than his poetry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Criminally underappreciated poet of exceptional sincerity honesty and power
Kenneth Patchen is a one of a kind poet.He wrote two or three poems worth all the musty little university poetry journals put together.His sincerity is brutally sweet when he's sweet, and brutally cruel when he's angry.Every word shivers with ethical and political commitment but without sentimentality and cheap moralism.He makes Ginsberg's howls look like squeaks, and the university poets look like conmen.He makes Bukowski seem flower-scented.He's unlike anything else.That he's forgotten proves that the contemporary world of poetry is a sham and a crime.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite poet--angry, honest, original, beautiful.
Kenneth Patchen is by far my favorite poet. This is a brave statement coming from a reader/literature buff who prefers poems that are far more traditional in form and meter. While I respect and admire all creative forms of poetry (I myself shamelessly admit to being a lousy poet, which is probably why I read more of the stuff than I write), I have always had a higher interest in poets who follow rhyme-schemes because I always figured that this type of poem was more difficult to write. To follow a certain pattern and meter throughout a poem, and yet to still successfully make your statement and evoke emotion is a powerful example of creativity and ingenuity. Give me Yeats and Donne over blank-verse any day.

Having said that, I must confess that Patchen was a poet who always wrote to the beat of his own drum. He rarely used traditional form or meter, yet in steering away from traditional schemes, he managed to create his own rhyme and forms in brilliant wordplay that have since been copied by never replicated. Plus, the raw, honest emotion (often rage) and powerful, offbeat images that Patchen constantly creates only get better with each read. It is difficult for me to describe the man's work except for the title I have given this review. Do not expect traditional poetry in any shape of the imagination. But do expect beauty and honesty in all the themes that Patchen explores, whether he is describing life for all of its beauty, darkness, or sadness.

In other reviews I have written for this site, I have felt the need to expand into lengthy prose in order to promote to work I was writing about. I do not feel the need to do that here, as Patchen is better known than the previous writers and artists who I have reviewed (indeed, if you are reading this, it probably means that you're a fan of Patchen's anyway). Having said that, it is a pity that he is not included in more anthologies and that he is not studied more in English classes. There is something here for everyone, and the questions and comments that he evokes about life and society are not to be missed.

I shall conclude with one of my favorite poems by Patchen, to demonstrate the raw emotion and themes that he creates with his unusual form and dynamic images. Thankfully, this volume includes this particular poem and others like it with similar haunting beauty.

"If We Are To Know Where We Live"

"I came to the house. It was dark.
It was hell standing there.
No one answered my knock.


I tapped on the window. I banged on the door.
They pulled the shades. They threw the heavy bolt.

But I knew that they wanted
And I saw what I was not to see
And I heard what I was not to hear.

They wanted to murder the thing within the house.
I saw my own face with the knives about it.
I heard my own screams as they tortured me.

And I was everyone. We all stood there."

Hopefully, this poem has proven any point that I've tried to make. If you love poetry or are just beginning to dive into the world of literature, Patchen is an important, often overlooked writer who you simply should not miss.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poet/Artist of Many Voices
Kenneth Patchen, 1911-1972, was born in Ohio, fought in WWII, and spent the rest of his life invalided by spinal disease.His was a powerful, angry voice that could sing some of the most beautiful love poems of the past century.His art was violent and primitive; usually he incorporated poetry into his painting.His strongest influence was William Blake, e.e. cummings was a mentor. He moved easily among the San Francisco poets, a contemporary of Lawrence Ferlinghetti of the famed City Lights Book Store.He was truly a poet's poet and never compromised his art.

I don't know if was influential; he certainly didn't care.His public, his peers sought him; never the other way around.I read once that he wrote "naked poetry."The following poem is an excellent example of his wondrous way with words, the beauty, the anger and the savagery all in a few short stanzas.

The dove walks with sticky feet

Upon the green crowns of the almond tree,

Its feathers smeared over with warmth

Like honey

That drips lazily down into the shadow...

Anyone standing in that orchard,

So filled with peace and sleep,

Would hardly have noticed the hill


With its three strange wooden arms

Lifted above a throng of motionless people

---Above the helmets of Pilate's soldiers

Flashing like silver teeth in the sun.

5-0 out of 5 stars infinities of mad infinitudes - the crier
I am not surprised that Albion Moonlight has so many wonderful comments, but this, the Collected Poemshas none. Speechlessness made by endlessness.

Patchen gave us so much, that we nothing to say. ... Read more

5. There's Love All Day
by Kenneth Patchen
Hardcover: 61 Pages (1970)
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6. We Meet
by Kenneth Patchen
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-07-27)
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Asin: 0811217582
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Meet Kenneth Patchen, a prolific, ground-breaking proletarian poet/painter whose most eclectic and wildly eccentric works are re-launched in a single startling volume—We Meet.The singular work of Kenneth Patchen has influenced poets, artists and political activists for decades. New Directions is proud to launch a Patchen revival beginning with omnibus editions of his unique compositions.

We Meet highlights Patchen's more outlandish side and includes, like fabrics stitched into a crazy quilt, Because It Is, A Letter to God, Poemscapes, Hurrah For Anything, and Aflame & Afun of Walking Faces. "Because to understand one must begin somewhere," opens Patchen's fabulous book of poems Because It Is: perhaps the most ideal reason for such a melting pot of poetry. Open any page at random and find Patchen protesting the Second World War (A Letter to God), or telling the tale of how hot water first came to be tracked onto bedroom floors (Aflame and Afun of Walking Faces), or informing the reader what happened when the nervous vine wouldn't twine (Because It Is), or why he loathes those who act as if a cherry were something they personally thought up (Hurrah For Anything), or answering what he wants out of life: "let's say—no matter" (Poemscapes). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry of a higher standard
I truly love Kenneth Patchen and his poetry. It's modern, insightful, and beautiful. I also love that Devandra Banhart wrote the preface to this book. I think it's great Patchen included some of his own artwork into the book; and good, semi-abstract artwork at that. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves good poetry along the lines of Bukowski.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not his most important work.
This is a new book, and it's great to see at least some kind of marginal renewed interest in Patchen's work. But the pieces included are mostly fantastical and farcical. They are, of course, wonderful, because Patchen is one of the best and most tragically overlooked figures in American letters, but for someone unfamiliar with him, I would definitely suggest reading his war poetry first. It is dark and angry and more powerful than just about anything else you could put on a page.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poetic Patchen
Fast service, high quality book. Great find, including some books I'd not yet read, plus several I'd read and enjoyed. A must see for Patchen fans ! ... Read more

7. What Shall We Do Without Us; The Voice and Vision of Kenneth Patchen
by Kenneth Patchen
 Hardcover: 24 Pages (1984-09-12)
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Isbn: 0871568438
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of a kind!
Kenneth Patchen is a passionately unique, uniquely passionate poet -- and that's never been shown to better advantage than in this volume of his poem-paintings, rich with vibrant colors & insightful, whimsical, prophetic words. The afterward by publisher James Laughlin rightfully compares Patchen's work here to William Blake's illuminated books, which also intertwine art & poetry. Both men are moved by transcendant vision, both are outraged by cruelty & injustice, both strive for something better than the mundane drabness of so much everyday life.

Most books are categorized somewhere on the back cover: Biography, History, etc. This volume is categorized as Art / Literature / Humanity ... and it's that third category that really matters. Kenneth Patchen was always very much his own man, influenced by many sources, but belonging to no school or group other than his own -- or from another angle, belonging to the human race. All his work is well worth seeking out!

As for this beautiful volume, it deserves to be back in print more than 99% of the books out there right now. Most highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Patchen's Picture Poems
Opening this book to any of the three dozen prints it contains is like (at least to those of us whom excessive exposure to workaday prose and to overlapping error-messages threatens to render prematurely senile) suddenlyremembering what it was like to be a kid sitting in a tree, dangling yourlegs, and singing any old song you felt like singing irreverently.Patchen's colorful figures and backgrounds and words remind me of Kandinskyand Klee and maybe even of the boy Wm. Karlos Williams must have been. Thisis art that makes me smile and gently reminds me to pick my battles, tellthe truth, and, while there's still time, gaze long and selfishly andirresponsibly at the night sky. ... Read more

8. The Walking-Away World (New Directions Paperbook)
by Kenneth Patchen
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-07-17)
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Asin: 0811217574
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The wonderful picture-poems of Kenneth Patchen, long out of print, are being brought back into one generous volume—cryptic creatures quipping quirky quotes and all.The singular work of Kenneth Patchen has influenced poets, artists and political activists for decades. New Directions is proud to launch a Patchen revival beginning with omnibus editions of his unique compositions.

Kenneth Patchen's last words to New Directions founder James Laughlin were "When you find out which came first, the chicken or the egg, you write and tell me." Answering his own question comes Patchen's "picture-poem." The Walking-Away World reissues three of his picture-poem classics: Wonderings, But Even So, and Hallelujah Anyway. Inspired by the "illuminated printing" of William Blake, Patchen worked in a spirited fervency with watercolor, casein, inks, and other media to create absurdly compelling works. His entire process was a simultaneous fusion of painting and poetry: neither the poem nor the painting preceded one another. Each picture-poem is inhabited by strange beings uttering everything from poignant poetic adages to cheeky satire. One confides, "I have a funny feeling / that some very peculiar-looking creatures out there are watching us," which sums up the suspicious joys of The Walking-Away World. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars No color is a disappointment - but this is a LOT of Patchen
I have been a fan even longer than the first reviewer, since 1959 when I first heard him on "Cool Bill" in Denver and subsequently found his books in a musty old bookstore.

I was also VERY disappointed...if only they had charged a little more, printed a little less or at least printed SOME pages in color, it wouldn't feel so bleak...but you know, Patchen is bleak even in the middle of joy and I am happy to have all these delightful and insightful thoughts and visions from an author beginning to get his due. I'm giving it four stars to jack up the overall rating. There, I admit it. I would give it a 2 for no color but a 5 for the book being just chock full of Kenneth Patchen.

1-0 out of 5 stars What? No color?
I've been a fan of Kenneth Patchen's work since I purchased two of his picture poem post cards at an antique store way back in 1970 for .15 cents each.I especially love his use of color, so you can imagine my shock when I received "The Walking Away World" in the mail and discovered ALL of the picture poems in this book are printed in black-and-white!!!I have just placed an order for another Patchen book, "What would we do without us?" and I'm hoping this one is in color.At least the description of this book mentions the vibrant colors of his pictures.I did not see any mention in the description of "the Walking Away World" that all the prints are in black-and-white. I will be returning the "Walking Away..." book for a refund.It's just not right!What a slap in the face for the late, great Mr. Patchen. ... Read more

9. The Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen
by Kenneth Patchen
 Hardcover: Pages (1946)

Asin: B001XH3EJ8
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10. Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America
by Larry R. Smith
Paperback: 279 Pages (2000-04-04)
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Asin: 0933087594
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This is the much awaited authorized biography of American writer and artist Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972). Smith has completed an earlier critical study KENNETH PATCHEN (Twayne) and a video docu-drama KENNETH PATCHEN: AN ART OF ENGAGEMENT (1989). Here this American rebel artist stands exposed as a person of great strength and perseverence. His and wife Miriam's story is one of the great love stories in American literature. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Biography
Despite what Brian Beatty says,and his review is full of factual inaccuracies and personal bias, this is a strong book, and an essential work of scholarship on an important American writer. Smith has done his homework and delivered a memorable biography. Read it and see.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Homage To Patchen
This is a work of much labor that obviously went straight tothe sources for information and really investigated the history that prompted such powerful poetry and fiction. Patchen is a heroic example of a person who maintained his pacifist stance when the world around him was exploding and brought his beautiful vision to Earth. This biography is written with a kind of tenderness and honesty that Patchen valued above all else. Thanks Larry Smith for this labor of love.

2-0 out of 5 stars Patchen deserves better...
As I've written elsewhere (in Rain Taxi, a review of books, to be exact), Smith's biography hardly does justice to the memory of poet Kenneth Patchen.Besides claiming Baudelaire is a Spanish poet(!), Smith practically ignores Patchen's energetic, highly individual work in favor of detailing the poet's politics and undeniably painful medical history, which is not how any poet of Pathcen's talents would want to be remembered.What's more unfortunate than Patchen's record of ill health is that his poetry and novels and art continue to be overlooked after his death - just as they were during his difficult life.If ever an American poet deserved critical reconsideration, it's Mr. Kenneth Patchen.Before you spend your good money on this self-published socio-political diatribe, please purchase every Patchen book that remains in print.Then buy second copies to give as gifts.Fans of e.e. cummings, one of Patchen's many writerly pals, should really enjoy Patchen's work. ... Read more

11. Awash With Roses: The Collected Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen
by Kenneth Patchen
 Paperback: Pages (1997-02)
list price: US$9.95
Isbn: 0933087217
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Poems of extraordinary depth, beauty and emotional courage.
An excellent collection of love poetry by one of the greatest American poets. This volume, which is accompanied by a concise and compelling introduction, reveals the best of Patchen: his irrepressible sense ofwonder, his ability to see things anew, his skill at waking us up to themoment, and his life-long love for the beautiful and intelligent woman inhis life, Miriam Patchen. Since much of Patchen's work is now out of print,this collection is a rare opportunity to explore this acclaimed poet'swriting which one hopes is just now beginning a resurgence. (I also suggestyou look at his other writings, such as his daring "The Journal OfAlbion Moonlight." Written during WWII, this poetic anti-war novel isstill controversial in both form and content to this day.) ... Read more

12. Tribute to Kenneth Patchen
 Paperback: 62 Pages (1977-05)

Isbn: 0901111791
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by Kenneth Patchen
Paperback: 388 Pages (1996-12-01)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$11.65
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Asin: 0811201473
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's back!
I am immensely pleased to see that New Directions has woken up and is offering this and other selected titles from their wonderful backlist again as PODs through Amazon.ND has published so many of the greatest books of American literature, especially from the 40s through the 60s, and so many had fallen out of print, that it was frustrating.Some of this great American literature seemed to be doomed to historical obscurity.Now they are making some effort to keep these titles alive.That is very good.Thanks for waking up, ND, and keep it up.Your entire back catalogue can be made available through POD technology.Make it so!

5-0 out of 5 stars out of print?
The fact that this masterpiece is out of print reveals a lot about New Directions' commitment to quality these days.What the heck is wrong with New Directions that they have no loyalty to their authors?All these titles could easily be available as PODs, the way other presses handle backstock.There is no excuse.Pathetic, ND, absolutely pathetic. ... Read more

14. Kenneth Patchen: An Annotated, Descriptive Bibliography
by Richard G. Morgan
 Hardcover: 174 Pages (1978-06)
list price: US$25.00
Isbn: 0911858369
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15. Hallelujah Anyway! a Kenneth Patchen Exhibition
by Laurel J., Exhibition Compiler Reuter
 Paperback: Pages (1974-01-01)

Asin: B0041FAE06
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16. There's Love All Day: Poems By California's Kenneth Patchen
by Kenneth Patchen
Hardcover: Pages (1970)

Asin: B000NPT116
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17. Semi-Private Rooms (Kenneth Patchen Competition Series)
by Jim Sanderson
 Paperback: 230 Pages (1994-08)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$17.50
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Asin: 0917530349
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18. Kenneth Patchen (Twayne's United States authors series ; TUSAS 292)
by Larry R. Smith
Hardcover: 195 Pages (1978-02)
list price: US$13.95
Isbn: 0805771956
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19. Kenneth Patchen: A Collection of Essays [SML#2/bk]
 Hardcover: 262 Pages (1978-01)
list price: US$37.50
Isbn: 0404160050
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20. Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen, Read by Kenneth Patchen.
by Kenneth. Patchen
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1960)

Asin: B0043NOLLO
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