Kenneth Koch

(27 February 1925 – 6 July 2002 / Ohio / United States)

Kenneth Koch Poems

1. In Love with You 9/12/2015
2. To My Father's Business 4/20/2010
3. The History Of Jazz 5/17/2011
4. Bel Canto 4/20/2010
5. On The Great Atlantic Rainway 5/17/2011
6. The Circus 5/17/2011
7. The Brassiere Factory 5/17/2011
8. Poem For My Twentieth Birthday 4/20/2010
9. Fresh Air 5/17/2011
10. The Magic Of Numbers 5/17/2011
11. To You 5/17/2011
12. News 4/20/2010
13. A Momentary Longing To Hear Sad Advice From One Long Dead 4/20/2010
14. Talking To Patrizia 1/20/2003
15. To Various Persons Talked To All At Once 1/13/2003
16. Variations At Home And Abroad 1/1/2004
17. Paradiso 1/1/2004
18. Mountain 1/1/2004
19. Variations On A Theme By William Carlos Williams 1/1/2004
20. The Boiling Water 1/1/2004
21. One Train May Hide Another 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Kenneth Koch

One Train May Hide Another

In a poem, one line may hide another line,
As at a crossing, one train may hide another train.
That is, if you are waiting to cross
The tracks, wait to do it for one moment at
Least after the first train is gone. And so when you read
Wait until you have read the next line--
Then it is safe to go on reading.
In a family one sister may conceal another,
So, when you are courting, it's best to have them all in view
Otherwise in coming to find one you may love another.
One father or one brother may hide the man,
If you are a woman, whom you have been waiting to ...

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There is no way not to be excited
When what you have been disillusioned by raises its head
From its arms and seems to want to talk to you again.
You forget home and family
And set off on foot or in your automobile
And go to where you believe this form of reality
May dwell. Not finding it there, you refuse
Any further contact
Until you are back again trying to forget

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