This collection contains biographical
material, correspondence, manuscripts, bound first editions, rare silkscreen and painted
book editions, painted poems, works of art including illustrations, paintings, papier-mâché
sculptures and decorated furniture, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, recordings, musical
scores, and clippings documenting the creative work and literary spirit of Kenneth Patchen,
as well as personal triumphs and struggles shared with his wife Miriam Patchen.
Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972) was an American poet and novelist who incorporated painting,
drawing, and jazz music into his written works. He married Miriam Oikemus in 1934. Patchen's
poetry publications include Wonderings (1971), But Even So
(1968), Poems of Humor and Protest (1960), To Say If You Love
Someone (1959), and Selected Poems (1946). Patchen's peers and
collaborators included Henry Miller, E.E. Cummings, Kenneth Rexroth, and John Cage, and he
was an influence on poets of the Beat Generation including Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence
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