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A puzzling book--mysterious, as the title suggests. Lots of mysteries and questions in every poem. How to think, how to live, what does this or that mean, and so on. Questioning life, himself, strangers, friends, past loves. It's an abstract collection of abstract poems, and it's hard to know exactly what's going on in any of them, but I enjoyed the overall feeling and propulsion of the collection. There's a desperation and melancholy in all the questioning, and also a sense of humour.
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 ...moreMore about Kenneth Koch...