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. Fresh Air 5/17/2011
8. The Brassiere Factory 5/17/2011
9. The Magic Of Numbers 5/17/2011
10. Poem For My Twentieth Birthday 4/20/2010
11. News 4/20/2010
12. A Momentary Longing To Hear Sad Advice From One Long Dead 4/20/2010
13. To You 5/17/2011
14. Talking To Patrizia 1/20/2003
15. To Various Persons Talked To All At Once 1/13/2003
16. Paradiso 1/1/2004
17. Mountain 1/1/2004
18. Variations At Home And Abroad 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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They stir
I cool her in winter
A second so gilded
that the bit
From my gold thigh I
thirsts for her, stirring, from my lip
snow wishing
A second so warm that

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