Awash with Roses: The Collected Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen


Poetry. Available again in a revised reissue, AWASH WITH ROSES, Patchen's classic collection of 100 love poems, includes a biographical introduction of Kenneth and Miriam Patchen by the writer's biographer Larry Smith.
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Poetry. Available again in a revised reissue, AWASH WITH ROSES, Patchen's classic collection of 100 love poems, includes a biographical introduction of Kenneth and Miriam Patchen by the writer's biographer Larry Smith.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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."

-Louis Untermeyer

"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."

-Henry Miller

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933087194
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Series: Midwest Authors Series
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Kenneth Patchen was the author of 38 books of poetry, fiction, and art as well as one of the finest performers of poetry- jazz.
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Table of Contents


"The Sea Is Awash With Roses" (Handwritten by Kenneth


Photo of Miriam and Kenneth Patchen (c. 1941, NYC)

"23rd Street Runs Into Heaven" (Handwritten by Kenneth


v Contents

x Photo of Miriam and Kenneth Patchen (c. 1952,San Francisco)


1 A Chronology of Quotations

7 Kenneth and Miriam: When the Wreath Touches

the Heart, Biographical Introduction by Larry Smith

EARLY WRITINGS (1928-1932)

59 Permanence

60 Solus

61 Inheritance

63 Snow Is Falling

64 "Since the Tiny Yellow Rose"


65 The Other Side: The Green Home

66 A World Whose Sun Retreats Before the Brave


67 "As Frothing Wounds of Roses"

68 Fall of the Evening Star

69 She Had Concealed Him in a Deep Cave...

70 The Fox

71 As She Was Thus Alone in the Clear Moonlight...

72 And What with the Blunders...

74 The Character of Love Sees as a Search for the Lost

76 In Memory of Kathleen

77 Religion Is that I Love You

78 Plow Horses

79 23rd Street Runs into Heaven

80 From "Eight Early Poems"

80 "This Room Has Mystery"

80 "Your Name Includes the Shadow Flight of Birds"

80 "I Know the Hair, Tissue, Skin"

81 "It Is a Lonely Walk Into the Mind's Retreat"

82 Fragment from "A Schoolboy's Odyssey"

82 The Geography of Music

83 At the New Year

84 Can the Harp Shoot Through Its Propellers?

85 From: Stayed No Longer in the Place Than

to Hire a Guide for the Next Stage

86 In Judgement of the Leaf

87 From: Harrowed by the Apprehensions He Resolved to

Commit Himself to the Mercy of the Storm


88 From: Poem of the Word


89 "Do I Not Deal with Angels"

90 "O My Love the Pretty Towns"


91 "The Sea Is Awash with Roses O They Blow"

92 "As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other"

93 "There Is Nothing False in Thee"

94 "From My High Love I Look at That Poor World There"

95 "For Losing Her Love All Would I Profane"

96 "We Go Out Together into the Staring Town"

97 Like a Mourningless Child

98 "I Suggest That this Day Be Made Holy"

99 Written After Reading an Item in the Paper about a Young

Lady Who Went Mad Upon Forsaking Her Lover. He Is Here Assumed to Speak


100 Mirru

101 "The Snow Is Deep on the Ground"

102 "She Is the Prettiest of Creatures"

103 "O My Darling Troubles Heaven with Her Loveliness"

103 "Of the Same Beauty Were Stars Made"

104 I Sent a Mental to My Love

105 "She Knows It's Raining and My Room Is Warm"

106 "For Whose Adornment"

107 "Be Music, Night"

108 To Say If You Love Someone

109 For the Mother of My Mother's Mother


110 "The Stars Go to Sleep So Peacefully"

111 This Summer Day


112 "O My Dearest"

113 "I'd Want Her Eyes to Fill with Wonder"

114 Yellow Stones--Sea of Majestic Doves--

Lovers under Green Parasols--Hilarkeleddi, Everybody Makes Love When I Say Ready!...

115 "O Sleeping Falls the Maiden Snow"

116 All the Roses of the World


117 "Peace in This Green Field"


118 "What a Stack of Pretties"

119 Seven Beautiful Things Made More Beautiful

By Appearing in This Way


120 Hovenweep

122 Weekend Bathers

123 "O When I Take My Love Out Walking"

124 If a Poem Can Be Headed into Its Proper Current

Someone Will Take It within His Heart to the Power and Beauty of Everybody

126 "Do Me That Love"


127 "As Beautiful as the Hands"

128 Folly of Clowns

129 All the Flowery

130 Beautiful You Are

131 What There Is

132 The Everlasting Contenders


133 Not Many Kingdoms Left

134 Delighted with Bluepink

135 Her Talents...Of

136 Court of First Appeal


137 "Little Birds Sit on Your Shoulder"

138 "Give You a Lantern"

138 The Great Birds

139 "O She Is a Lovely-Often as Every Day"

140 When We Were Here Together

141 "O Now the Drenched Land Wakes"

142 "Who'll That Be"

142 "Wide, Wide in the Rose's Side"


143 It Is the Hour

144 Prominent Couple Believed Permanently Stuck to Porch

145 Like I Told You


146 Poemscape I

147 Poemscape VIII

148 Poemscape IX

149 Poemscape XX


150 Because Everybody Looked So Friendly I Ran

151 Because My Hands Hear the Flowers Thinking


152 Love Which Includes Poetry...

BUT EVEN SO (1968)

153 Go Loving

154 Caring Is the Only Daring


155 "O Honor the Bird"

156 "Binding the Quiet into Chalky Sheaves"

157 "O 'Listen' Is Like an Elephant"

158 The Moment

159 "Unless There Are Flowers"

160 "Who Are You"

161 "Glory Never Guesses"

162 "Everyman Is Me"

163 Kenneth Patchen: A Chronological Bibliography Chief Works

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