Who is Kenneth Koch

Kenneth Koch (/ˈkoʊk/, 27 February 1925 – 6 July 2002) was an American poet, playwright, and professor, active from the 1950s until his death at age 77. He was a prominent poet of the New York School of poetry. This was a loose group of poets including Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery that eschewed contemporary introspective poetry in favor of an exuberant, cosmopolitan style that drew major inspiration from travel, painting, and music.

Life Koch (pronounced coke) was born Jay Kenneth Koch in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began writing poetry at an early age, discovering the work of Shelley and Keats in his teenage years. At the age of 18, he served in WWII as a U.S. Army infantryman in the Philippines.

After his service, he attended Harvard University, w...
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Kenneth Koch Poems

  • On The Great Atlantic Rainway
    I set forth one misted white day of June
    Beneath the great Atlantic rainway, and heard:
    â??Honestly you smite worlds of truth, but
    Lose your own trains of thought, like a pigeon. ...
  • 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 ...
  • The History Of Jazz

    The leaves of blue came drifting down.
    In the corner Madeleine Reierbacher was reading Lorna Doone. ...
  • The Brassiere Factory
    Is the governor falling
    From a great height?
    Arm in arm we fled the brassiere factory,
    The motion-boat stayed on the shore! ...
  • Talking To Patrizia
    Patrizia doesn't want to
    Talk about love she
    Says she just
    Wants to make ...
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  • Cooperwilhelm: there are poems you return to again and again in your life but for some reason kenneth koch’s “fresh air” is a poem that keeps returning to me
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  • James_brabazon: “once you’ve lived on hydra you can’t live anywhere else, including hydra.” (kenneth koch)
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  • Dd_phytoferus: when i read "people ... are not merely an exogenous perturbing force," i want to lift the words gently out of the garden of ecology and plant them in a kenneth koch poem.
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My God, how many are my fears!
How fast my foes increase!
Conspiring my eternal death,
They break my present peace.

The lying tempter would persuade
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