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4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The singular work of Kenneth Patchen has influenced poets, artists and political activists for decades. New Directions is proud to launch a Patchen revival beginning with omnibus editions of his unique compositions.


We Meet highlights Patchen's more outlandish side and includes, like fabrics stitched into a crazy quilt, Because It Is, A Letter to God, Poemscapes, Hurrah For
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 27th 2008 by New Directions
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Nikki Wells
Oct 12, 2011 Nikki Wells rated it it was amazing
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amazing really, & an introduction by Davendra Banhart to boot. also read Journal of Albion Moonlight by this author, one of my all~time favorite books. I could read Patchen all day and he will stick in my head for years. I always end up coming back to him at some point.
Andrew
Mar 11, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it
I love the books in this collection, especially 'Because it is'. A collection that brings together Patchen's poetry/artwork collages is long overdue, and while this one occasionally gives off a foul odor similar to that emitted by so many nonsensical poems of the 60s, it's worth remembering that Patchen wrote most of these poems in the 40s when 90% of the U.S. population thought that an A bomb dropped on a densely populated city was something to celebrate. His message was deeply necessary, and t ...more
Stephen
Nov 05, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
I am really glad that New Directions did this with Patchen's harder to find works. I had come across half of the contents of this book in earlier editions, but I m never opposed to the reread. There is something really great about reading a book by one of your favorite authors that feels hot off the presses. It supports your idea that he is still so vitally relevant.

I am so enamored and in awe of these pieces. I have been greatly influenced by his works.
Marcus
Mar 30, 2012 Marcus rated it liked it
It may be that this doesn't strike and may strike later. But my initial response after one read (and little desire to re-read at the moment) is that it feels too insular. Or off. Or trying too hard. Or my mind is trying too hard. HA!

e.e. Cummings doesn't do it for me either. Maybe I will like it in 5 or 10 years. I do like a light touch so I should like K. Patchen. But K. Koch's comics and plays and poetry has the light touch that hits me right!! Ditto Whalen's visuals and poetry.
Hokomoko
May 05, 2010 Hokomoko rated it really liked it
Remarkable little bits of poetry, essentially lyrics from songs I'd like to hear. I especially liked the Poemscapes. Patchen's playfulness clutters up and lends a dazzle to disarming insights and juxtapositions. I like the text of Devendra Banhart's and Pavement's songs for the same reason. Like most poetry books as exquisite (and as 'difficult')as this, I'll keep returning to it.
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Feb 20, 2010 5 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: go-read-this-now
this is especially fun to read out loud at unsuspecting guests, or as warm-up for voiceover sessions

please remove the introduction with a scalpel and use it as nesting material for house-bound finches
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