Milestones, Jan. 24, 1972

Divorced. Robert J. Dole, 48, Junior U.S. Senator from Kansas and for the past year chairman of the Republican National Committee; by Phyllis Dole, 47; on grounds of incompatibility; after 23 years of marriage, one daughter; in Topeka, Kans.

Died. Kenneth Patchen, 60, poet of protean passions; of a heart attack; in Palo Alto, Calif. Sometimes compared to Whitman and Blake for its visionary quality, Patchen's work since the 1930s has been alternately described as Freudian, surrealistic, Marxist and mystic. Always evident was the poet's abhorrence of violence:

From my high love I look...

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