Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Patchen

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This is the inspiring story of a supreme artist absolutely committed to his dream. Kenneth Patchen's Painted Books, novels, prophecies and poems are a testament to life and hope. However, this is also a tale of the adversity he faced: monetary, critical neglect, and a physical pain that kept him bedridden for much of his life. Often these letters almost shout with it. . . .Through reading these letters, the path of Kenneth Patchen's life can be drawn following his own words, in a philosophy that he established ...
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Overview


This is the inspiring story of a supreme artist absolutely committed to his dream. Kenneth Patchen's Painted Books, novels, prophecies and poems are a testament to life and hope. However, this is also a tale of the adversity he faced: monetary, critical neglect, and a physical pain that kept him bedridden for much of his life. Often these letters almost shout with it. . . .Through reading these letters, the path of Kenneth Patchen's life can be drawn following his own words, in a philosophy that he established early on, "It's always because we love that we are rebellious."

-From the Introduction by Allen Frost

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933964553
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 981,213
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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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