Information about Kenneth Patchen
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Patchen was an influence on the beat movement.

Patchen espoused anarchism and pacifism, and much of his work opposes war. He was against U.S. involvement in World War II.

In 1942 Patchen collaborated with the composer John Cage? on the radio play The City Wears A Slouch Hat.

Many of his poems have been set to music by David Bedford. Composer Kyle Gann has set his voice reading a text to music (see So Many Little Dyings mp3(external link)) and violinist Carla Kihlstedt set a text on the "Patchen" track of her solo Tzadik release Two Foot Yard.


Kenneth Patchen Home Page(external link)

About Kenneth Patchen

Rexroth, Kenneth. Kenneth Patchen, Naturalist of the Public Nightmare(external link) This 1957 essay was reprinted in Bird in the Bush (New Directions, 1959).

Excerpt from Kenneth Patchen — Poetry and Jazz days, 1957–1959(external link) by Larry Smith Jacket 12, July 2000

Kenneth Patchen Survey(external link) by Karl Young

Bernard Kops on Kenneth Patchen(external link)

By Kenneth Patchen

Painted and Silkscreened Poems by Kenneth Patchen

Visual Arias from Sleepers Awake by Kenneth Patchen