Kenneth Patchen poems

Kenneth Patchen(13 December 1911 - 8 January 1972 / Ohio)
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Fall of the Evening Star

- by Kenneth Patchen 72

Speak softly; sun going down
Out of sight. Come near me now.

Dear dying fall of wings as birds
complain against the gathering dark...

Exaggerate the green blood in grass;
the music of leaves scraping space;

Multiply the stillness by one sound;
by one syllable of your name...

And all that is little is soon giant,
all that is rare grows in common beauty

To rest with my mouth on your mouth
as somewhere a star falls

And the earth takes it softly, in natural love...
Exactly as we take each other...
and go to sleep...

We Go Out Together In the Staring Town

- by Kenneth Patchen 44

We go out together into the staring town
And buy cheese and bread and little jugs with
flowered labels

Everywhere is a tent where we put on our whirling

A great deal has been said of the handless serpents
Which war has set loose in the gay milk of our

But because you braid your hair and taste like
honey of heaven
We go together into town to buy wine and
yellow candles.

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