PUuUESiA: Kenneth Patchen

Kenneth Patchen (December 13, 1911 – January 8, 1972) was an American poet and novelist. He experimented new poetry styles and forms along with writers such as Langston Hughes and Kenneth Rexroth, building what came to be known as jazz poetry.

First Will and Testament

I here deliver you my will and testament, in which you
will find that what I am is not at all what I would: I
make no demand that you be just in weighing it, for I
know that you will be so for your own sake; but I do
charge you by the religion of poetry itself not to sneer
at some things which may seem strange to you, for I
have burnt no house but my own and nobody will
force you to warm yourself at its heat.

Kenneth Patchen (1939)


1. The murder of two men by a young kid wearing lemon-colored gloves
2. Four Blues Poems: There´s a place/They won´t let you
3. Four song poems: The everlasting contenders/ Do I not
4. As I opene the window
5. Glory, glory
6. In order to
7. The lute in the attic