Kenneth Patchen Selected Poems is a 145-page softcover first published in 1936, this copy is the second paperback printing, published in 1957. There is edge wear to the cover. Inside the cover is the name of a previous owner in ink. Damp stains and foxing is found on a portion of the first couple of pages, but the rest of the book is clean and unmarked. The condition is fair to good.
This selection is drawn from ten earlier volumes by the poet who has been called "the most compelling force in American poetry since Whitman."
Kenneth Patchen is unique among contemporary poets for his direct and passionate concern with the most essential elements in the tragic, comic, blundering and at rare moments glorious world around us. He writes about the things we can feel with our whole being--the senselessness of war, the need for love among men on earth, the presence of God in man, the love for a beloved woman, social injustice, and the continual resurgence of the beautiful in life.