Sonic Puke
It's all fun and games until somebody pokes out an eye



For whose adornment the mouths
Of roses open in languorous speech;
And from whose grace the trees of heaven
Learn their white standing.

(I must go now to cash in the milk bottles
So I can phone somebody
For enough money for our supper.)

Kenneth Patchen


  • Ah, a fellow Patchen fan. Best of the Beats, in my opinion. By a lot.

    A fellow washingtonian here. Not far from Seattle. Gratifying to see I'm not the only person in this state with a brain. My best to you.

    By Blogger Jim Valvis, at June 15, 2004 at 2:30 PM  

  • Hi Jim glad you stopped by...

    Patchen while almost universally wrong in his "politics" as far as I'm concerned is my favorite poet...

    I always "feel" him... Even when I don't agree or feel the same way... I can "feel" what he's saying...

    I live in a certain T-town south of Seattle...

    Glad to have a fellow washintonian stop by ;)

    By Blogger sonic, at June 15, 2004 at 9:47 PM  

  • Yeah, Patchen had a way with images and turn-of-phrase that other Beats lacked. And though his politics were skewed, they weren't nearly as skewed as, say, Ginsberg's.

    It's been a while since I've read him. About five years. Maybe it's time to pick him up again.

    It does seem odd to me, and has for a long time, that so many poets, almost all of them in fact, are so darn liberal. I mean, it's like we've (I count myself as one) all been towing the same tired line since the sixties. One would think in such an individualistic activity as poetry, you'd find less group think and more independent thought. But that's simply not the case. I might be the only poet in the country voting for Bush.

    As for your Rall/strawman comment on my blog. True, Rall is an easy target, and beating on him is like beating on a dead fish, but I believe he's right about one thing. He does represent a portion of society, and a larger portion than we'd like to believe. So it's best to kick Rall back down before more like him decide it's okay to show their bitter, hate-America, cowardly faces.

    Okay. I'm a regular reader now. Thanks for having me.

    By Blogger Jim Valvis, at June 16, 2004 at 3:18 AM  

  • Thanks for the comments and nice words Jim...

    I'll also be visiting your blog (Already added to my favorites)

    When I get a chance I'll put a link for you on this site as well.. (Don't bother/worry about adding one for me though... Don't know when I'll get to that...)

    By Blogger sonic, at June 16, 2004 at 2:09 PM  

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