Kenneth Koch

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

Kenneth Koch Poems

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

The Boiling Water

A serious moment for the water is
when it boils
And though one usually regards it
merely as a convenience
To have the boiling water
available for bath or table
Occasionally there is someone
around who understands
The importance of this moment
for the water—maybe a saint,
Maybe a poet, maybe a crazy
man, or just someone
temporarily disturbed
With his mind 'floating'in a
sense, away from his deepest
Personal concerns to more
'unreal' things...

A serious moment for the island
is when its trees
Begin to give it shade, and
another ...

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News

They stir
I cool her in winter
A second so gilded
that the bit
goes
From my gold thigh I
thirsts for her, stirring, from my lip
snow wishing
A second so warm that

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