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Subject: English: Poetry

The Poetry Series

There is a growing understanding of the many values of poetry, something that can add to our lives in many ways at any age. This series of programs introduces viewers to the joy of poetry and to a number of significant poets. Programs available on 6 or 7 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a Click for more

Kenneth Patchen: An Art of Engagement

Patchen, Kenneth: An Art of Engagement

Born in Niles, Ohio, in 1911, Kenneth Patchen kept a diary from the age of twelve, which started him on a life-long pursuit of writing. After marrying the love of his life, Miriam Oikemus, his first book of verse, Before the Brave, was published in 1936; thereafter he published over 40 books of poetry, prose and drama, which was quite an accomplishment considering for over thirty years he lived with a severe spinal ailment that caused him constant physical pain. Thanks to a fund set up by fellow poets, including T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and E. E. Cummings, Patchen regained his mobility for several years until an accident during another surgery left him almost completely bedridden. Despite this terrible setback, his love for experimenting in all forms of writing and multi-media kept him motivated and he created his most visually remarkable works during the last thirteen years of his life. This biographical profile brings Patchen's world alive and introduces viewers to many of the diverse and innovative forms of writing he pioneered, including the anti-novel, concrete poetry, poetry and jazz, painted books and picture poems. Produced by Larry Smith and Tom Koba. 00/08DE JSCA 30 min.
Also See: Enjambment: William Carlos Williams and the Imagists; A Tribute to Beat Poet Charles Bukowski





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