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Kenneth Patchen.(1911-1972) pioneered the anti-novel, concrete poetry, poetry-jazz, and picture-poems. His work has always been a locus of controversy.

"A writer for the New York Times Book Review once wrote that 'there is the voice of anger—outspoken rage against the forces of hypocrisy and injustice in our world. Patchen sees man as a creature of crime and violence, a fallen angel who is haunted by all the horrors of the natural world, and who still continues to kill his own kind: 'Humanity is a good thing. Perhaps we can arrange the murder of a sizable number of people to save it.'" Poetry Foundation