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. Fresh Air 5/17/2011
6. The Circus 5/17/2011
7. The Brassiere Factory 5/17/2011
8. News 4/20/2010
9. Poem For My Twentieth Birthday 4/20/2010
10. The Magic Of Numbers 5/17/2011
11. To You 5/17/2011
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. Paradiso 1/1/2004
17. Mountain 1/1/2004
18. The Boiling Water 1/1/2004
19. Variations On A Theme By William Carlos Williams 1/1/2004
20. 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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Nothing's moving I don't see anybody
And I know that it's not a trick
There really is nothing moving there
And there aren't any people. It is the very utmost top
Where, as is not unusual,
There is snow, lying like the hair on a white-haired person's head
Combed sideways and backward and forward to cover as much of the top
As possible, for the snow is thinning, it's September
Although a few months from now there will be a new crop

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