By Kenneth Patchen
A author for the recent York occasions booklet evaluate as soon as wrote that "there is the voice of anger—outspoken rage opposed to the forces of hypocrisy and injustice in our global. Patchen sees guy as a creature of crime and violence, a fallen angel who's haunted through the entire horrors of the flora and fauna, and who nonetheless keeps to kill his personal sort: 'Humanity is an efficient factor. might be we will set up the homicide of a large variety of humans to save lots of it.'" Patchen's Collected Poems used to be first released in 1968, quite a few years ahead of his loss of life.
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Left to rot in the wind and blue-assed water. Tell me about your cities, your flame-footed ships, Your proud maps and monkey dung; tell me of conquest, Tell me how the blacks tugged your fat around I don't want to hear it. I want to see her face again I want to tell her not to be afraid. God! I don't want this I want to hear her voice. I want to take her into my arms I don't want to fight their wars. I don't want to kill anyone And I don't want anyone to kill me. I don't want people To come smelling round me like dogs with their damn tricks.
For him The union's foreman and the scab are one In filthless destiny. The witness does the crime, The noble deed . . for him, the knitted heart, the sexless bee, Are real, are pulse of chance, are pain of rot. How can he take a mind not his? how can he Flood a world whose wonder is the desert of himself? Hand across your hand: he is the ray of dark To bright the camps whose men are bluster's riding light. He is the shallow seeking depth, an obsolete like poet's lark. Farewell to the Bluewoman* The bitter veins reject the dream, dismiss the fire, Betray the whetted mange.
My friends, I wish to explain . " like skulls like flowers opening hand and all the time and all the time for all time we know our enemies. Poem in the Form of a Letter: to Lauro de Bosis Fire and wings, De Bosis, soaring above Rome and Mussolini into the night in a clear flame over the cities and the waters; into the hands of those who walk with heads high down lanes of men through the jeers and bayonets. Head, quick and laurelscarred from the trodden dust into the ages while motors drone in prayer our father which art Mussolini fascist airmen take off in pursuit chanting hail and hallowed be thy name from loss of sleep the blood warm drenching an appleblossom-sleep through the skull the spiders of death welling into the throat machine guns exultantly thy kingdom come over the poet's head bent in a moment.