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. News 4/20/2010
7. Poem For My Twentieth Birthday 4/20/2010
8. The Circus 5/17/2011
9. The Brassiere Factory 5/17/2011
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. 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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Mountain

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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