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"There is more verve and more variety in Patchen's work than in any other living American's entire output. No more ringing protests and no more passionate love poems have been written in our time."
"In my eyes Kenneth Patchen is now and will remain one of the outstanding figures in American letters. He represents all that a poet should represent, whether expressing himself in verse, in prose, in paint, or in action. . . . Patchen stands out like a shining warrior, a herald of peace and truth, endowed with invincible heart and integrity. No one can read him without being affected-and influenced in his own life and work. It is not only the youth who are indebted to him but all of us, even unto the last and most fanatically ardent defender of the Word."
"These [the love poems of When We Were Here Together] are grave, serious, immeasurably touching poems. They compare very favora-bly with the love poems of Paul Eluard or Rafael Alberti. In other words, they are amongst the very few poems of their kind, written by an American." -Kenneth Rexroth