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. One Train May Hide Another 1/20/2003
21. 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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Paradiso

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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