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. The Circus 5/17/2011
6. On The Great Atlantic Rainway 5/17/2011
7. The Brassiere Factory 5/17/2011
8. Poem For My Twentieth Birthday 4/20/2010
9. Fresh Air 5/17/2011
10. The Magic Of Numbers 5/17/2011
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. Variations At Home And Abroad 1/1/2004
18. Mountain 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

Comments about Kenneth Koch

  • Jacob L. (1/29/2018 11:57:00 AM)

    he died in 2002. how are these published in these years by him? ? ?

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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 ...

Read the full of The Boiling Water

Bel Canto

The sun is high, the seaside air is sharp,
And salty light reveals the Mayan School.
The Irish hope their names are on the harp,
We see the sheep's advertisement for wool,
Boulders are here, to throw against a tarp,
From which comes bursting forth a puzzled mule.
Perceval seizes it and mounts it, then
The blood-dimmed tide recedes and then comes in again.

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