In these fierce and hurrying years, Patchen’s apocalyptic prophecies have come and are coming all too true. Listen if there is still time, to the words of this man! ‘Peace or Perish: Mercy Truth Freedom Peace Peace Peace Peace Love Kindness Trust or All Men Are Doomed.’

—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Available May 1, 1964

Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen

Poetry by Kenneth Patchen

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.

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9780811201469
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14.95

Kenneth Patchen

20th Century American Poet

In these fierce and hurrying years, Patchen’s apocalyptic prophecies have come and are coming all too true. Listen if there is still time, to the words of this man! ‘Peace or Perish: Mercy Truth Freedom Peace Peace Peace Peace Love Kindness Trust or All Men Are Doomed.’

—Lawrence Ferlinghetti