Kenneth Patchen

Kenneth Patchen

1911 - 1972

Kenneth Patchen's poetry has been set to music by many American composers, including Simon Sargon, John Cage, Marion Bauer, and Richard Hundley.

Photo: Kenneth Patchen, 1936, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division


Born in Niles, Ohio, Kenneth Patchen was an inspiration to poets of several different movements, including the Beat Generation. Patchen was also a visual artist and a writer of prose. His writings were heavily influence by politics and jazz.

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--Christie Finn

Songs & Song Collections BY Patchen (entered to date)

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