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Author: PATCHEN, KENNETH
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Patchen, Kenneth    Poet's Biography
56 poems available by this author


23RD STREET RUNS INTO HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: You stand near the window as lights wink
Last Line: Our supper is plain but we are very wonderful.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


A LETTER ON THE USE OF MACHINE GUNS AT WEDDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the soldier, like the sailor
Last Line: Who hasn't the guts to deal with sluts, guys like me and you.
Subject(s): Social Problems


A LETTER TO A POLICEMAN IN KANSAS CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: A lot of men and armies stand to take
Last Line: And any man can live on earth when we're through with it.
Subject(s): Police; Social Problems


A LETTER TO THE LIBERALS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not enough
Subject(s): Politics & Government


ALL IS SAFE ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Flow, water, the blue water
Subject(s): Birds


AS WE ARE SO WONDERFULLY DONE WITH EACH OTHER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


AT THE NEW YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: In the shape of this night, in the still fall
Subject(s): New Year; Relationships; Re;igion


BE MUSIC, NIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cathedral evening, tinkle of candles
Subject(s): Beauty


BUT OF LIFE?    Poem Text    
First Line: What I want in heart
Subject(s): Trees


EGYPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Cle- / 1600 men to a stone. Please mention
Subject(s): Egypt


EMPTY DWELLING PLACES    Poem Text    
First Line: Forever the little thud of names, falling
Subject(s): Names


EVE OF ST. AGONY OR THE MIDDLECLASS WAS SITTING ON ITS FAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Man-dirt and stomachs that the sea unloads; rockets
Subject(s): Social Classes; Social Commentaries; Caste


FAMILY PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Great tarry wings splatter softly up out of the rotting yolk of sun. In the
Subject(s): Family Life; Portraits; Story-telling; Relatives


FIRST CAME THE LION-RIDER    Poem Text    


I DON'T WANT TO STARTLE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew the general only by name of course
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


I HAVE LIGHTED THE CANDLES, MARY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


I'D WANT HER EYES TO FILL WITH WONDER    Poem Text    


IN JUDGMENT OF THE LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: And we were speaking easily and all the light stayed low
Subject(s): Love


IN ORDER TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Apply for the position (I've forgotten now for what) I had
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Social Commentaries


JOE HILL LISTENS TO THE PRAYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at the steady rifles, joe
Last Line: To make songs with.
Subject(s): Communism; Hill, Joe (1879-1915); Labor Unions; Social Protest; Hillstrom, Joseph; Hagglund, Joel


LATESUMMER BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, the grass is a pleasant thing
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


LET US HAVE MADNESS OPENLY, O MEN    Poem Text    
Last Line: A rotting barge of lean huge graves
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Disappointment


MIRRU    Poem Text    
First Line: I tiptoed into her sleep
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


MY GENERATION READING THE NEWSPAPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We must be slow and delicate; return
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


NICE DAY FOR A LYNCHING    Poem Text    
First Line: The bllodhounds look like sad old judges
Subject(s): Lynching; Social Protest


O NOW THE DRENCHED LAND WAKES    Poem Text    


OH SHE IS AS LOVELY - OFTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: And tallness stood upon the sky like a sparkling mane
Subject(s): Roman Empire; Beauty


PARTING CONEY ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: We had so much to say; we had no faith in words
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


PASTORAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The dove walks with sticky feet
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


SO WHEN SHE LAY BESIDE ME    Poem Text    


STREET CORNER COLLEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Next year the grave grass will cover us
Last Line: Cold stars and the whores.
Subject(s): Social Problems; Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


THE BODY BESIDE THE TIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Can't seem to wake you, kid, guess it
Subject(s): Death; Youth; Dead, The


THE CHARACTER OF LOVE SEEN AS SEARCH FOR THE LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: You, the woman; I, the man; this, the world
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE CLOTH OF THE TEMPEST    Poem Text    
First Line: These of living emanate a formidable light,


THE DEER AND THE SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The deer is humble, lovely as god made her
Subject(s): Deer; Snakes; Innocence; Serpents; Vipers


THE GREAT BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: A gentle wind blows in from the water
Subject(s): Birds


THE KNOWN SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: The balancing spaces are not disturbed
Subject(s): War


THE LUTE IN THE ATTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I call you


THE MURDER OF TWO MEN BY A YOUNG KID WEARING LEMON-COLORED GLOVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Wait. / wait.


THE ORANGE BEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The orange bears with soft friendly eyes
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Work; Workers


THE ORIGIN OF BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone had been walking in and out
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Sports


THE RITES OF DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sleds of the children


THE SEA IS AWASH WITH ROSES    Poem Text    


THE SLUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: That should be obvious
Subject(s): Slums; Tenements


THE SNOW IS DEEP ON THE GROUND    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Snow; Love


THE STATE OF THE NATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Understand that they were sitting just inside the door
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Indifference; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


THE UNANSWERING CORRESPONDENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Intensification of compassion, extraordinary, incalculable
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THERE ARE NOT MANY KINGDOMS LEFT    Poem Text    
First Line: I write the lips of the moon upon her shoulders. In a
Subject(s): Love


THERE ARE TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: Ways about it. In fact, that only scratches the surface; for - well, had
Subject(s): Friendship


TRISTANESQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: No wine was ever
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Death; Wine; Dead, The


UNDER A TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: More than this flecked thing
Subject(s): God


UNDER THE GREEN LEDGE    Poem Text    


WHAT THERE IS    Poem Text    
First Line: In this my green world
Subject(s): Love


WHEN WE WERE HERE TOGETHER    Poem Text    
First Line: When we were here together in a place we did not know, nor one another
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death, Return From; Spiritual Life; Death - Babies


WIDE, WIDE IN THE ROSE'S SIDE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Innocence