Homage to Kenneth Patchen

by Bertil Falk

the naked girls are bathing in the river
the naked girls are bathing there forever
the naked girls are bathing in this weather
yes, Kenneth, they are bathing in the river
and if you look at them, you look at them
for certain they will die another day
for certain they will die another death
for certain they will die the other day
as if it was a patchwork they will die
behold this Christ, that Christ and other Christs
closing your eyes, closing your ice, behold
the dreadful arguments of dreadful spleen
and bathing girls you looked at, they will die


Copyright © 2009 by Bertil Falk

Author’s note: the following is a reproduction of a page from an early edition of Kenneth Patchen’s poetry.

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