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 October 1, 1969

The Collected Poems Of Kenneth Patchen

Poetry by Kenneth Patchen

From the appearance in 1936 of Kenneth Patchen’s first book, the voice of this great poet has been protesting war and social injustice, satirizing the demeaning and barbarous inanities of our culture––entrancing us with an inexhaustible flow of humor and fantasy. With directness and simplicity, he has restored the exultation of romantic love to its ancient bardic place beside an awareness of God’s living presence among all men. Kenneth Patchen assembled this collection in his fifty-fourth year. Since space was the only restricting factor in his choice, readers are given a direct and first-time insight into the poet’s own estimate of his concern. Additionally, the texts of many long-unavailable poems are provided.

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ISBN
9780811201407
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25.95
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24

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