Kenneth Patchen Books
- Journal of Albion Moonlight, 1941 - Patchen's novel about which Henry Miller
said : "The Journal of Albion Moonlight is a work of unmistakable genius. Nothing like it has been written...in all English literature it stands alone...
I know of no other American writer capable of giving us such a...truthful, fearless and harrowing account...Albion Moonlight is the most naked figure of a man I have
encountered in all literature."
- Collected Poems, 1969 - "Kenneth Patchen assembled this collection in his fifty-fourth year.
Since space was the only restricting factor in his choice, readers are given a direct and first-time insight into the poet's own estimate of his concern. Additionally, the texts
of many long-unavailable poems are provided", Jacket notes
- Aflame and Afun of Walking Faces, 1970 - Comprises a full offering of Patchen
drawings. To give some notion of the fables, imagine Mark Twain and Leopardi collaborating on a script for the Marx Brothers to act out
at the birth of the world - by no means necessarily this one!
"The world of Kenneth Patchen is complete in its own fantastic system. Its population, animal, human and otherwise, has never
been counted or described - all would-be census-takers have come back with a dazed sort of shining on their faces and have
never been the same since.", John Holmes in The New York Times Book Review
- Wonderings, 1971 - "Here in these pages the extraordinary range and power of Patchen's
imagination, and the virtuosity of his technique, were never more striking - their impact is indeed breathtaking. His new universe is exciting and spirit-cleansing. The light
streaming from the hand and heart of this poet-artist illuminates the darkness, the sordid and confused pettiness of our day-to-day existence", Jacket notes
- In Quest of Candlelighters, 1972 - Complete text of
Panels for the Walls of Heaven (1946) and They Keep Riding Down All the Time (1946)
- Kenneth Patchen : An Annotated, Descriptive Bibliography, Richard Morgan, 1978 - The definitive bibliography of works by
and about Patchen from 1936 to 1978
- Still Another Pelican in the Breadbox, Richard Morgan (edits), 1980 - "With the publication of this book,
virtually all that Patchen wrote and preserved has now been published. Included here are the unpublished poems written late in his life and several pieces of substantial fiction from his
"rambling" years in the early 30's, none of which were ever published. Several poems from Patchen's high school years and two critical pieces complete the collection", Jacket notes
- What Shall We Do Without Us?, 1984 - Beautiful reproductions of Patchen's picture poems
from the collection of the University of California, Santa Cruz
- Kenneth Patchen and American Mysticism, Raymond Nelson, 1984 - "It takes a very American brand of
mysticism for a poet to survive as an innocent primitive in the materialist forrests of North America. It killed Patchen in the end, but not his poetry.
Raymond Nelson's book lays it out.", Lawrence Ferlinghetti
- Selected Poems, 1985 - This selection is drawn from ten earlier volumes by the poet who has been called
"the most compelling force in American poetry since Whitman"
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