Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although mainly known as a poet, Kenneth Patchen (PAHT-chehn), a dedicated experimentalist, rejected normal genre distinctions, participating in radical new forms of prose, concrete poetry, poetry and jazz, picture poems, and surrealistic tales and fables, as well as other innovations. His first published prose work, a short story titled “Bury Them in God,” appeared in a 1939 collection by New Directions. Two years later, in 1941, he published his most celebrated prose work, a pacifist antinovel titled The Journal of Albion Moonlight. After that, his prose work began to appear irregularly between the publication of his numerous books of poetry.