Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Patchen

Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Patchen

by Kenneth Patchen
     
 

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Included in this vast correspondence with 20th century artist and writers and publishers are brief bios and photos.

"Patchen was "a rebel all down the line." Cummings, Miller, Rexroth and others hailed this "poet of anger and light" as the quintessential countercultural hero. Frost illuminates Patchen marching to the beat of his passionate heart, pursuing his

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Included in this vast correspondence with 20th century artist and writers and publishers are brief bios and photos.

"Patchen was "a rebel all down the line." Cummings, Miller, Rexroth and others hailed this "poet of anger and light" as the quintessential countercultural hero. Frost illuminates Patchen marching to the beat of his passionate heart, pursuing his vocation by fiercely protecting his integrity and exploring innovative directions despite the vicissitudes of illness, chronic pain, and poverty, and despite the Establishment critics’ wall of silence. These fascinating and poignant letters map out rich chapters of cultural history and reveal the difficult dance between art and practicalities, and the magnanimous spirit of Laughlin and others who rallied for Patchen." –Rachelle Lerner, biographer of forthcoming "A Rage to Order: Kenneth Rexroth."

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When reading Kenneth Patchen, a face stares back out of the text. His very human gaze scrutinizes us and our world with such intensity because he is looking for all the beauty despite such apparent ugliness. The Selected Correspondence reveals the hardships and pain Patchen endured in this search, bolstered by his muse Miriam. Reading Patchen is a profound literary experience, an absolute delighting in humanity's possibilities yet also a despondence, sometimes even anger, over our shortcomings. These themes play themselves out here in Patchen's impassioned letters to such friends and colleagues as Henry Miller, E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, et. al. To read this correspondence is to be astonished by Patchen's insatiable quest for all that is good in life, one that led him from proletarianism to concretism to jazz to painted poems. Embrace hope, all ye who enter here. -Eckhard Gerdes, editor of Journal of Experimental Fiction

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ISBN-13:
9781933964546
Publisher:
Bottom Dog Press
Publication date:
04/04/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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When reading Kenneth Patchen, a face stares back out of the text. His very human gaze scrutinizes us and our world with such intensity because he is looking for all the beauty despite such apparent ugliness. The Selected Correspondence reveals the hardships and pain Patchen endured in this search, bolstered by his muse Miriam. Reading Patchen is a profound literary experience, an absolute delighting in humanity's possibilities yet also a despondence, sometimes even anger, over our shortcomings. These themes play themselves out here in Patchen's impassioned letters to such friends and colleagues as Henry Miller, E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, et. al. To read this correspondence is to be astonished by Patchen's insatiable quest for all that is good in life, one that led him from proletarianism to concretism to jazz to painted poems. Embrace hope, all ye who enter here. -Eckhard Gerdes, editor of Journal of Experimental Fiction

Meet the Author


Allen Frost lives in Bellingham, Washington, with wife Laura,

daughter Rosa and son Rustle. He was born in La Jolla, California,

and graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine. He has lived and

worked in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Huron, Ohio.

He works in the library at Western Washington University. His Ohio Trio: Fictions appeared in 2001 from Bottom Dog Press,followed by Bowl of Water written between 1989-2002. Another Life is drawn from limited edition poetry chapbooks written 2002-2007.Home Recordings appeared from Bird Dog Publishing in 2010. He

contributed an article to the collection d.a.levy and the mimeograph revolution (2008). He is an associate editor of Bottom Dog Press.

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