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Author QuotedKenneth Patchen
Title QuotedDark Kingdom
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/12/30
ImprintNew York : Harriss & Givens. 1942
QuotationI like Kenneth Patchen's Dark Kingdom, but it does not do anything beyond interesting the surface of my mind. It does not make a deep impression and it cannot because it is only poetry. The only books that move me deeply are the Bible, St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and a few others like that: Tauler, St. Augustine-parts of St. Bernard-St. Gregory of Nyssa.
JournalEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 390
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