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Author: PATCHEN, KENNETH
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Patchen, Kenneth    Poet's Biography
116 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


ALWAYS ANOTHER VIEWPOINT       
First Line: You climb three 'golden steps'
Last Line: When she was a %queen. On rainy nights


AND WHAT WITH THE BLUNDERS       
First Line: We talked of things but all the time we wanted each other


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


BECAUSE GOING NOWHERE TAKES A LONG TIME       
First Line: Something in the climate of a hammer


BECAUSE HE LIKED TO BE AT HOME       
First Line: He usually managed to be there when


BECAUSE IN THIS SORROWING STATUE OF FLESH       
First Line: They were hopeful of a curtain raiser


BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T ALWAYS BE SO       
First Line: I never read of any enforceable regulation


BECAUSE THEY WERE VERY POOR THAT WINTER       
First Line: The only mother he could afford was a skinny old man


BEHOLD, ONE OF SEVERAL LITTLE CHRISTS       
First Line: Their war-boots said big-shots to the plank floor


BODY BESIDE THE TIES       
First Line: Can't seem to wake you, kid, guess it
Last Line: I had a lot to do a lot to see
Subject(s): Death; Youth


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


CHARACTER OF LOVE SEEN AS SEARCH FOR THE LOST       
First Line: You, the woman; I, the man; this, the world
Last Line: Many desperate arms about us and the things we know
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


CONSTANT BRIDEGROOMS       
First Line: Far down the purple wood
Last Line: Somewhere at world's end


DAY OF RABBLEMENT       
First Line: O come here! A sunflower
Last Line: Won't come %no no no no %no no no no


DELIGHTED WITH BLUEPINK       
First Line: Flowers! My friend, be delighted with what you like; but with
Last Line: Delight in my bluepink flowers!


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


ELEGY FOR THE SILENT VOICES AND THE JOINERS OF EVERYTHING       
First Line: The featureless ghost under the wall cannot jerk out at us


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


EVERLASTING CONTENDERS       
First Line: Of the beast - an angel
Last Line: But wish they could


EXAMINATION INTO LIFE AND DEATH       
First Line: Someone has fallen to the earth


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


FAMILY PORTRAIT       
First Line: Great tarry wings splatter softly up out of the rotting yolk of sun. In the
Last Line: Candles dripping slowly down on his stiff, dark clothes
Subject(s): Family Life; Portraits; Story-telling


FAMOUS BOATING PARTY       
First Line: Instead of remaining in 'c-grade survellesession to mr. Blaskett'
Last Line: #name?


FIGURE MOTIONED WITH ITS MANGLED HAND TOWARDS THE WALL BEHIND IT       
First Line: It was rumored on the block
Last Line: He knew that he'd never have another chance to be %president


FIRST CAME THE LION-RIDER    Poem Text    


FOG       
First Line: Rain's lovely gray daughter has lost her tall lover


FOX       
First Line: Because the snow is deep
Last Line: I don't know what to say of a soldier's dying %because ther e are no proportions in death


GAUTAMA IN THE DEER PARK AT BENARES       
First Line: In a hut of mud and fire


HORSES OF YILDERIN       
First Line: The great horses of yilderin!
Last Line: Call them! %they will kill


HOW GOD WAS MADE       
First Line: On the first day


HUNTED CITY: 5       
First Line: The little hill climbs up to the village and puts it green hands


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 DON'T WANT TO STARTLE YOU       
First Line: I knew the general only by name of course
Last Line: Her eyes were looking at me
Subject(s): World War Ii


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


I HAVE LIGHTED THE CANDLES, MARY       
Subject(s): Christmas


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


I'D WANT HER EYES TO FILL WITH WONDER       
Last Line: As she lay asleep in my arms
Subject(s): Desire; Love


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


IN JUDGMENT OF THE LEAF       
First Line: And we were speaking easily and all the light stayed low
Last Line: In the earth of your eyes, in easy wonder building a new god
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


IN ORDER TO       
First Line: Apply for the position (I've forgotten now for what) I had to marry
Last Line: Well - it was my turn then to tell them something! Shucks, I didn't want any job that bad


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


JOURNAL OF ALBION MOONLIGHT, SELS.       
First Line: I %want you to listen to me


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


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


LATESUMMER BLUES       
First Line: A battered hat, a torn shoe filled with gray sand
Last Line: Tattered rot at the end of a rope
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians


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


LIONS OF FIRE SHALL HAVE THEIR HUNTING       
First Line: The lions of fire %shall have their hunting in this black land
Last Line: And their terrible eyes are watching you


LITTLE GREEN BLACKBIRD       
First Line: Because the ground-creature looked so sad
Last Line: It is our sentence, to endure; %and our only crime, that we are here to serve it


LONESOME BOY BLUES       
First Line: Oh nobody's a long time
Last Line: All your %pals face to face %oh nobody's a long long time


LONESOME BOY BLUES       
First Line: Oh nobody's a long time
Last Line: Nobody's a long time


LUTE IN THE ATTIC       
First Line: As this comes in %call you
Last Line: And show you things far worse than your father see, willy


LUTE IN THE ATTIC [DIFF. VRS.]       
First Line: I call you
Last Line: And show you things far worse than your father see, willy
Subject(s): Death


MAGICAL MOUSE       
First Line: I am the magical mouse
Last Line: Little birds--and maidens %that taste like dust


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


MIRRU       
First Line: I tiptoed into her sleep
Last Line: While the snow swirled so prettily on the lawn %like a white queen in a beautiful dress
Subject(s): Fathers And 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


NICE DAY FOR A LYNCHING       
First Line: The bllodhounds look like sad old judges
Last Line: I shall be forever killing; and be killed
Subject(s): Lynching; Social Protest


NIGHT HAS BEEN AS BEAUTIFUL AS VIRGINIA       
First Line: This ends: entering the show of silence


O ALL DOWN WITHIN THE PRETTY MEADOW       
First Line: How many times, death
Last Line: To just such golden ones as these


O NOW THE DRENCHED LAND WAKES    Poem Text    


O NOW THE DRENCHED LAND WAKES       
Last Line: Where all nouns grieve


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


ORANGE BEARS       
First Line: The orange bears with soft friendly eyes
Last Line: A hell of a fat chance my orange bears had!
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers; Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


ORIGIN OF BASEBALL       
First Line: Someone had been walking in and out
Last Line: So he wanted to throw something %and he picked up a baseball
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Sports


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


PASTORAL       
First Line: The dove walks with sticky feet
Last Line: Flashing like silver teeth in the sun
Subject(s): Crucifixion


REASON FOR SKYLARKS       
First Line: It was nearly morning when the giant


RELIGION IS THAT I LOVE YOU       
First Line: As time will turn our bodies straight
Last Line: It is that we cling together, not dying near each other now


SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE PARTHENON       
First Line: Tiny green birds skate over the surface of the room


SEA IS AWASH WITH ROSES       
Last Line: Upon the land
Subject(s): Flowers; Pleasure; Roses; Transience


SO WHEN SHE LAY BESIDE ME    Poem Text    


STATE OF THE NATION       
First Line: Understand that they were sitting just inside the door
Last Line: Crossed to the bar and said hello steve to the barkeeper
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Indifference


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


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


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


TWO FOR HISTORY       
First Line: Loud on the bright-necked grass
Last Line: There's none among the famous dead not envious as you fun


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


UNDER THE GREEN LEDGE    Poem Text    


UNDER THE GREEN LEDGE       
Last Line: I huddle with that life I can steal
Subject(s): Hate; Imagination


WHAT IS THE BEAUTIFUL?       
First Line: The narrowing line


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


WHAT THERE IS       
First Line: In this my green world
Last Line: O there's love all day
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


WHEN WE WERE HERE TOGETHER       
First Line: When we were here together in a place we did not know, nor one another
Last Line: Of our mortal goddess on the indifferent wind
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death, Return From; Spiritual Life


WHILE THE SUN STILL SPENDS HIS FABULOUS MONEY       
Last Line: Pours down upon us in a final consecration


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