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"From my high love I look at that poor world there;
I know that murder is the first prince in that tribe."
"Every man is me, I am his brother.
No man is my enemy. I am everyman and he is in and of me.
This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope, and my only belief."
"Who'll that be,
Your little sleepy wren?
Feathers as pretty as a snowfall's shirt...
O, airfolk at their courtin',
Angelwalkin' on th' sea,
O my little honey, you wonder me."
"23rd Street Runs into Heaven"You stand near the window as lights wink
On along the street. Somewhere a trolley, taking
Shop girls and clerks home, clatters through
To find the garbage cans sealed; newsboys
Begin their murder-into-pennies round.We are shut in, secure for a little, safe until
Tomorrow. You slip your dress off, roll down
Your stockings, carful against runs. Naked now,
With soft light on soft flesh, you pause
For a moment; turn and face me-
Smile in a way that only women know
Who have lain long with their lover
And are made more virginal.Our supper is plain but we are very wonderful.
|1911||Born December 13th in Niles, Ohio to Wayne and Eva Patchen, third of six children. His father, Wayne Patchen, was a steelworker and Protestant; mother Eva McQuade Patchen raised children as Catholic. Ancestors came from Scotland, Ireland, and France.|
|1926-1929||Attends Warren G. Harding High School; Active in football and track team, debate club, orchestra, and part of yearbook and school newspaper staff.|
|1929||Worked in a steel mill to earn money for college.
Poem Permanence accepted for New York Times.
Attends University of Wisconsin in Alexander Meilejohn's Experimental College for one year.
|1930||Attends a semester at Commonwealth College in Mena, Arkansas.|
|1930-1933||Patchen set "on the road", traveling in U.S. and Canada writing, reading, and working odd jobs as migrant field worker, janitor, and caretaker.|
Worked in a rubber factory in Boston where befriended writers Conrad Aiken, John Wheelwright, and Malcolm Cowley
|1934||Married Miriam Oikemus on June 28th. Moved to Greenwich Village where they live in a small apartment while he writes poetry, reviews for New Republic and works on the WPA's writer's project on the New York Guide Book.|
|1935||Patchens moved to artist cottage in Rhinebeck, New York.|
, first book of poems published by Random House.
Receives a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Moves to Phoenix, then Santa Fe.
|1937||Patchens in Los Angeles working on film scripts and WPA writer's
First serious back trouble after helping to release cars in an accident.
|1938||Patchens returned to Concord, Mass.
Met James Laughlin and Ezra Pound
|1939||Moved to Laughlin's place in Norfolk, Conn., where he did
accounting and Miriam shipping for New Directions Publishers.
First Will and Testament , and story Bury Them in God published by New Directions
|1940||Returned to Greenwich Village. Befriends with e.e. cummings,
Henry Miller, Robert Duncan, Maxwell Bodenheim, and Kenneth
Throughout the 1940's Patchen's writings appear in anarchist-pacifist publication such as Illuminati, Ark, Retort, Now, Contour, Experimental Review
|1941||The Journal of Albion Moonlight , Patchen's pacifist anti-novel published through subscription sales with Walpole Printing; book launched at Gotham Book Mart, New York.|
, first of 'painted book' series with individually painted
covers by the author.
The Teeth of The Lion , collection of poems published by New Directions in Poet of the Month Series.
Collaborated with John Cage on a radio play City Wears a Slouch Hat; first airing May 31st.
Cloth of the
, a book of poems and drawings published by Harper
Won Ohioana Award.
Back injury kept Patchen out of war, and remained a loud conscientious objector.
|1945||Memoir of a Shy Pornographer , an anti-novel published by New Directions.|
An Astonished Eye Looks
Out of the Air
, poems published by Walport C.O. Camp.
Outlaw of the Lowest Planet , poems published by Grey Walls Press, London.
Sleepers Awake, anti-novel published by Padell.
Pictures of Life and Death , poems published by Padell.
They Keep Riding Down All the Time , prose published by Padell.
Henry Miller's Patchen: Man of Anger and Light, the first substantial literary criticism of Patchen.
To Say If You Love
, selected love poems published by Decker Press.
Patchens lived at Old Lyme, Conn.
See You in the
, prose published by Padell.
CCLXXIV Poems, published by Padell.
|1949||Red Wine and Yellow Hair , poems published by New Directions.|
|1950||Writers Committee (T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, e.e.
cummings, Marianne Moore etc.) raised funds for Patchen's first major spinal
Jonathan Williams transcribed Fables at Old Lyme.
|1951||Moved to San Francisco's North Beach area.|
|1952||Orchards, Thrones, and Caravans , poems published by The Print Workshop, San Francisco.|
|1953||Fables and Other Little Tales , prose published by Jonathan Williams.|
|1954||Receives Shelley Memorial Award.
Poems of Humor and Protest published by City Lights Pocket Poets series with a poet-friend Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
The Famous Boating Party , prose poems published by New Directions.
|1955||Glory Never Guesses , silkscreen portfolio of poems and drawings reproduced by Frank Bacher.|
|1956||Moved to Palo Alto, California.
Spinal fusion at Palo Alto Clinic.
Surprise for the Bagpipe Player , silkscreen portfolio reproduced by Frank Bacher.
|1957||Poetry-jazz movement launched, reading with jazz groups up and
down the West Coast until 1959.
Hurrah For Anything , drawings-and-poems published by Jonathan Williams.
We Were Here Together , poems published by New Directions.
The Selected Poems , enlarged edition published by New Directions.
Kenneth Patchen Reads With The Chamber Jazz Sextet , recording released by Cadence Records.
|1958||Poemscapes, prose poems published by Jonathan Williams.|
Kenneth Patchen Reads With Jazz in
, recording with Alan Neil Quartet released by Folkways
Don't Look Now, jazz-play premiered by The Troupe Theater in Palo Alto.
"Surgical Mishap" leaves Patchen in pain and almost completely bedridden for the rest of his life.
Because It Is,
poems-and drawings published by New Directions.
The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen , published by City Lights.
Inspired by an ancient rag paper given by Stanford biologist Norman Thomas; began new work on picture-poems.
Kenneth Patchen Reads His Love
, recording released by Folkways Records.
Selected Poems of Kenneth Patchen, recording released by Folkways Records.
, picture poems published by New Directions.
Doubleheader, published by New Directions. [Compilation of "Hurrah for Anything", "Poemscapes",and "A Letter to God"]
|1967||Receives $10,000 award from the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities for "life-long contribution to American letters"|
But Even So,
picture-poems published by New Directions.
Collected Poems, published by New Directions.
|1969||One man art show at Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.
"Homage to Kenneth Patchen", an article in The Outsider (1968-1969).
|1970||Aflame And Afun Of Walking Faces , selection from Fables with drawings, published by New Directions.|
|1971||Wonderings, picture-poems and drawing poems published by New Directions.|
|1972||Dies of heart attack on January 8 in Palo Alto
Memorial Reading at City Lights Poets Theatre, February 2nd with Robert Duncan, Gary Snyder, Al Young, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Morton Marcus, etc.
In Quest Of Candlelighters containing two prose works, Panels for the Walls of Heaven and They Keep Riding Down All the Time, published by New Directions.
The Journal Of Albion Moonlight, recording released by Folkways Records.
|1975||University of California, Santa Cruz purchases Kenneth Patchen papers.|
The Argument of Innocence: A Selection from
the Graphic Arts of Kenneth Patchen
, ed. Peter Veres; foreword by
Miriam Patchen, published by Scrimshaw Press.
Patchen: The Last Interview with Gene Detro; an afterword by Henry Miller, published by Capra Press.
Patchen's Lost Plays
Don't Look Now and
The City Wears a Slouch Hat)
published by Capra Press.
Kenneth Patchen: A Collection of Critical Essays , ed. Richard Morgan.
Tribute to Kenneth Patchen, Enithatmon Press, England.
|1978||Kenneth Patchen, first critical biography by Larry Smith.|
|1980||Still Another Pelican in the Breadbox ; early writings, Pig Iron Press, Youngstown.|
|1984||What Shall We Do Without Us , picture-poems in full color published by Sierra Club Books.|
|1987||Kenneth Patchen exhibitions in Warren, Ohio, and Kassel, Germany.|
|1997||Patchen tribute at the Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado.|
|1998||Exhibition of pictures at Poetry Library, London; and Event at the Tate Gallery, London.|
|1999||Exhibition of silkscreen prints at Centro Studi Americani in Rome.|
|2000||Kenneth Patchen : Rebel Poet in America , authorised biography by Larry Smith, published by Bottom Dog Press.|