The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon-colored Gloves

By Kenneth Patchen 1911–1972 Kenneth Patchen
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Kenneth Patchen, “The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon-colored Gloves” from Collected Poems. Copyright 1943 by Kenneth Patchen. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Selected Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1957)

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Largely a self-taught writer, Kenneth Patchen never appeared to win widespread recognition from the professors at universities or many literary critics. As the New York Times Book Review noted, "While some critics tended to dismiss his work as naive, romantic, capricious and concerned often with the social problems of the 1930's, others found him a major voice in American poetry.... Even the most generous praise was usually . . .

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