an American poet, playwright, and professor, active from the 1950s until his death at age 77. He was a prominent poet of the New York School of poetry, a loose group of poets including Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery that eschewed contemporary introspective poetry in favor of an exuberant, cosmopolitan style that drew major inspiration from travel, painting, and music.
Kenneth Koch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 27, 1925. He studied at Harvard University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, and attended Columbia University for his Ph.D.
Many critics found Koch's early work obscure, such as Poems (1953), and the epic Ko, or A Season on Earth (1959), ... more »
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- One Train May Hide Another
- Variations On A Theme By William Carlos ...
- The Boiling Water
- Talking to Patrizia
- Variations At Home And Abroad
- To Various Persons Talked To All At Once
- A Momentary Longing To Hear Sad Advice F...
- The Magic of Numbers
- To You
- Poem For My Twentieth Birthday
- The Brassiere Factory
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''"Something there is that doesn't hump a sump,"Kenneth Koch (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Mending Sump (l. 5-7). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d...
He said; and through his head she saw a cloud
That seemed to twinkle.''
''He's come to dieKenneth Koch (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Mending Sump (l. 9-11). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2...
Or else to laugh, for hay is dried-up grass
When you're alone."''
One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.Kenneth Koch (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Permanently (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983)...
An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the ...
As the adjective is lost in the sentence,Kenneth Koch (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Permanently (l. 11-15). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 198...
So I am lost in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat
You have enchanted me with a single kiss
Which can never be undone
''I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in nextKenneth Koch (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard ...
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do and its
wooden beams were so inviting.''
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