The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch

The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch Kenneth Koch has been called one of our greatest poets by John Ashbery and a national treasure in the National Book Award Finalist Citation Now for the first time all of the poems in his ten c

  • Title: The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
  • Author: Kenneth Koch
  • ISBN: 9780375711190
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kenneth Koch has been called one of our greatest poets by John Ashbery, and a national treasure in the 2000 National Book Award Finalist Citation Now, for the first time, all of the poems in his ten collections from Sun Out, poems of the 1950s, to Thank You, published in 1962, to A Possible World, published in 2002, the year of the poet s death are gathered in one volKenneth Koch has been called one of our greatest poets by John Ashbery, and a national treasure in the 2000 National Book Award Finalist Citation Now, for the first time, all of the poems in his ten collections from Sun Out, poems of the 1950s, to Thank You, published in 1962, to A Possible World, published in 2002, the year of the poet s death are gathered in one volume.Celebrating the pleasures of friendship, art, and love, the poetry of Kenneth Koch has been dazzling readers for fifty years Charter member along with Frank O Hara, John Ashbery, and James Schuyler of the New York School of poets, avant garde playwright and fiction writer, pioneer teacher of writing to children, Koch gave us some of the most exciting and aesthetically daring poems of his generation.These poems take sensuous delight in the life of the mind and the heart, often at the same time O what a physical effect it has on me To dive forever into the light blue sea Of your acquaintance In Love with You.Here is Koch s early work love poems like The Circus and To Marina and such well remembered comic masterpieces as Fresh Air, Some General Instructions, and The Boiling Water A serious moment for the water is when it boils And here are the brilliant later poems One Train May Hide Another, the deliciously autobiographical address in New Addresses, and the stately elegy Bel Canto poems that, beneath a surface of lightness and wit, speak with passion, depth, and seriousness to all the most important moments in one s existence.Charles Simic wrote in The New York Review of Books that, for Koch, poetry has to be constantly saved from itself The idea is to do something with language that has never been done before In the ten exuberant, hilarious, and heartbreaking books of poems collected here, Kenneth Koch does exactly that.From the Hardcover edition.
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    • Matthew says:

      The Collected Poems, although not complete, presents Koch's shorter poems from the following collections: Sun Out: Selected Poems 1952-1954, Thank You and Other poems, The Pleasures Of Peace And Other Poems, The Art of Love: Poems, The Burning Mystery of Anna in 1951, Days And Nights, One Train: Poems, Straits: Poems, New Addresses, and A Possible World.Koch's longer poems can be found here: On the Edge: Collected Long Poems.From Sun Out: Selected Poems 1952-1954Bananas, piers, limericksI am pos [...]

    • Christina Rau says:

      I like Kenneth Koch because he's so very different. Some of his stuff reminded me of the Beats. Some other poems were just insane and out of this world and good. Some were, er, uh, different. So to help you out with the K-man, I've narrowed down his over 700 pages to just a few poems you should check out if you want to read him:The ManThe Brassiere FactoryFresh AirPermanentlyVariations On A Theme By William Carlos Williams (he redoes the This Is Just To Say poem, a poem that I've redone and a po [...]

    • Jillian says:

      I love the artist Alex Katz (his work is on the cover), so I decided to read this b/c Katz loved Koch's poetry. I enjoy poetry, but most of Koch's work was too verbose + abstract. There were moving phrases like, "I am crazier than shirttails in the wind when you're near," [in the poem To You], and interesting advice, "Someone who excites you should be told so, and loved, if you can, but no one should be able to shake you so much that you wish to give up," but overall felt cold and intellectual. [...]

    • Rodney says:

      Koch’s graceful indirections have always seemed more goofy and less urgent to me than O’Hara’s or Ashbery’s, with exclamation marks applied like rim shots or air quotes, missing the intensity and tonal ambiguity I respond to in his NY School pals. But there’s a winning lack of pretension—a discipline of not being pretentious—that I think of as Koch’s great virtue as a poet and a person (it’s hard to read these poems without imagining the person, another Koch virtue). Here he is [...]

    • A.R.B. says:

      There are so many clever, funny, & perfect short poems in here. There aren't, however, 745 pages worth: it's like buying the Cassavetes box set when you'd do just fine with Killing of a Chinese Bookie. A selected Koch is probably where to start, and treat this as the B-sides for whatever you liked best (mine, for their humor and O'Hara-like madcap descriptions: New Addresses).

    • Maya Rock says:

      I was really impressed by how many of these poems I actually read. As everyone knows I really fell in love with To Marina, but there are a bunch of other good ones and Kenneth Koch's sense of humor is adorable. However sometimes he should have just stopped. There's a lot of bad stuff in here too and you definitely get the impression he did not have to work hard at a day job and had oodles of oodles of time to write and was very cognizant there was a receptive audience who would lap up everything [...]

    • Jane says:

      Kenneth Koch I recently was asked to lecture in China on "What is American about American poetry?" Yes, I did get to Whitman, and others--but the first poem I read them was one by Kenneth Koch. I especially love his book of second person poems, New Addresses, but you might as well get the full set. Reading this book is like walking a beach with a metal detector and striking treasure every yard or so. For a poetry of the full human being, going along in his life and telling you about what he sees [...]

    • Eddie Watkins says:

      Koch is (or was, I never know how to refer to deceased authors, but I naturally view authors as always existing, and so always in the present tense) one of the most entertaining poets, but boy can he get cloying! Maybe the book's just too thick! Maybe Koch was just too facile!He's also one of the funniest phrase artists around, especially in his earlier books, and sometimes master of the exclamation point(!).

    • Tia says:

      If you're a fan, read his plays as well. "The Gold Standard" is a great, kooky and strangely moving collection, though I could say that about his poems as well. I was once in a production of his one-act, "Edward & Christine," in which I played a rabbit, a statue, a nymph, a temple column, and an elephant. And that's not even all of it. AWESOME.

    • Gina says:

      Whenever I think about Kenneth Koch, the poems that immediately come to mind are "The Pleasures of Peace" and "One Train May Hide Another." This collection is rich with so much more and really does something that I think is rare in poetry--it celebrates pleasure. It is also a HUGE book--one that is fun to return to, flip open at random, and enjoy.

    • Ofelia Hunt says:

      Kenneth Koch is the Kurt Vonnegut of poetry.

    • Stacey says:

      Parenthesis is one of the best poems ever

    • Heather says:

      I love Kenneth Koch, so for all of his poems to be together in one book is a joyThis one is staying in the stack on my desk

    • Ryan says:

      A bible.

    • Daniel says:

      Just. Read. Him.

    • Zach says:

      People are surprised to find that he's my least favorite NYS poet, but that's like picking a least favorite child. Or something.

    • Marcus says:

      I am really really diggin Kenneth Koch. Didn't hit me before. Now in my late 30's it is connecting!!!

    • Jay says:

      He wasn't the best poet or anything but we could've hung out.

    • Andrew says:

      He's the poetry man. Look especially at his short poems on aesthetics.

    • Curtis says:

      Beautiful. Godfather of "Ultra-Talk" poetry.

    • Glenn says:

      Weird long and somewhat prosey poems. Some I loved. Others I couldn't even finish. Interesting is a good sum up.

    • Rupert says:

      A lot to digest, but brilliant lines everywhere! Not so crazy about his "plays", but his images leap off the page and work like drugs.

    • Jessica says:

      "Some General Instructions" and "Art of Poetry" from *Art of Love*---brilliant

    • Troy S says:

      I don't know if I've read everything in this yet, but I'm finally at the point where I can flip to a random page and remember what I thought of the poems on both sides of it. Its been a particular pleasure to watch Koch grow, and to have read Making Your Own Days as a companion piece as well. If you're new to Koch, may I suggest you read this backwards? The early stuff takes quite a bit of patience, especially if you're not terribly used to more experimental poetry, but becomes more poignant whe [...]

    • M says:

      One must really adore a poet to slog through a 750 page collection, and I have found that I do not love Kenneth Koch, though I feel great gratitude towards him for his work in working with poetry with children. I would have preferred a 100 or fewer page selected--all that I could bear.

    • Greg says:

      Kenneth Koch is a major American poet, and one of the major poets from the New York School in the twentieth century. His poems cover love and a delight in the present and aesthetic. He also essentially breaks all rules. The masterpiece in this collection, in my opinion, is “The Art of Poetry” -- a magnificent tour de force of Koch’s theories. He is unflinching in his criticisms of Blake, Wordsworth, Whitman, and others. Particularly interesting to me is his criticism of exigent poets, or t [...]

    • John Nichols says:

      Kenneth Koch is one of the greatest American poets of the mid-century.His love of life is evident in both his biography (see David Lehman's The Last Avant Garde) and in his poetry. My favorite collection in this work is One Train, although the rest are quite magnificent. His works show their comic nature in his concern with revivifying poetry for a new generation of poets in an attempt to debunk and show as pretentious the academic-sounding poetry of the Confessionals. His comedy is zany, deep, [...]

    • Rachel says:

      I loved New Addresses so much that I was really excited about this collection. Turns out the rest of his work is not as much to my taste as New Addresses. It's good poetry, I'm sure, by other standards, just not what I personally want to read. So, not awful, not great, just poems. New Addresses, though, still the bomb.

    • Sharon Avina says:

      Some of his poems are my favorites but many were tedious and needlessly long and incomprehensible.

    • Karen says:

      * 65 Books You Need To Read in Your 20s: #52For fans of Frank O’Hara who are ready for something a little more exuberant.

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