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Selected Poems

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Library of America
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I have known his name like forever, yet this is the first time I actually read his poetry. While reading it I thought of Cole Porter. Why? Well both are playful with the English language, but there is also something witty and Manhatan like in their approach to the language.

I also like how Koch is extremely serious but yet his writing is lightful --- like a delicate baked good. He doesn't punch your head in, but instead he goes off on these poems as a foundation - and eventually he comes back to
Mostly like listening to a zeppelin deflate, though every so often something intelligibly charming comes through.
I really liked Ron Padgett's introduction to Kenneth Koch's Selected. Even for someone like me steeped in Koch, it's informative. I never knew the title of Koch's dissertation, for example.

It's a handy volume, a nice hardback that would be good as a gift.

On the other hand, the selection itself, while excellent, is on the skimpy side. With this particular poet the variety and quality of the work is so great, that it is extremely difficult to represent in so few pages. (Hence 4 stars rather tha
Too short, bad format. The selection is not from his best to my mind.
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Kenneth Koch is most often recognized as one of the four most prominent poets of the 1950s-1960s poetic movement "the New York School of Poetry" along with Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery and James Schuyler. The New York School adopted the avant-garde movement in a style often called the "new" avant-garde, drawing on Abstract Expressionism, French surrealism and stream-of-consciousness writing in the a ...more
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