Happy Birthday Kenneth Patchen

Celebrating the 106th anniversary of the birth of American poet and novelist Kenneth Patchen.  He wrote in a style often referred to as “jazz poetry,” and influenced younger poets like Allen Ginsberg, as well as collaborating with music artists John Cage and Charles Mingus.


Kenneth Patchen, 1911 – 1972

There’s a place the man always say
Come in here, child
No cause you should weep
Wolf never catch such a rabbit
Golden hair never turn white with grief
Come in here, child
No cause you should moan
Brother never hurt his brother
Nobody here ever wander without a home
There must be some such place somewhere
But I never heard of it