“As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other”

By Kenneth Patchen 1911–1972 Kenneth Patchen
As we are so wonderfully done with each other   
We can walk into our separate sleep
On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies

O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one
Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers   
My hands are hallowed where they touched over your
       soft curving.

It is good to be weary from that brilliant work   
It is being God to feel your breathing under me

A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .   
Don’t let anyone in to wake us.

“ ‘As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other’ ” by Kenneth Patchen, from The Collected Poems of Kenneth Patchen, copyright © 1942 by Kenneth Patchen. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

Source: The Collected Poems of Kenneth Patchen (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1968)

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Poet Kenneth Patchen 1911–1972

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Subjects Relationships, Love, Romantic Love

Holidays Valentine's Day

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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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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Romantic Love

SCHOOL / PERIOD Beat

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