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On the Edge: Collected Long Poems

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On the Edge is a collection of the six longer masterpieces by one of the most beloved and accomplished poets of our time.

Full of exclamation and exaggeration but also graced with dry wit and comic sophistication, these poems contain some of Kenneth Koch’s most original work. When the Sun Tries to Go On is a young man’s radical song of himself and his freshly discovered and
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Knopf (first published March 4th 1986)
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Eddie Watkins
You'll never catch me saying a poem is the greatest poem I've ever read but goddamn if The Duplications isn't the funniest, most entertaining, and life affirming poem I've ever read. Koch squeezed all the inventiveness out of Roussel, hypercharged each word of it with juice and sunshine, and whipped it into a near-hallucinatory clarity and instant accessibility Roussel only dreamed of, and without that chilling a-human void at its core (not that I have a gripe with chilling a-human voids). After ...more
Terry
The conversations within conversations are delightful in this book, enacting what really happens on the edge of reality. And this edge is portrayed as a consciousness, a quest for something more, something that will explain everything. The intensity of its lines keeps coming back in a buzzing swarm of impulses and sensory experiences that forms a limen complex enough to be interesting, direct enough to be clear.
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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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