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On the Great Atlantic Rainway: Selected Poems 1950-1988
On the Great Atlantic Railway is Kenneth's Koch's inspired collection of 32 years of work. Koch, David Lehman said in The American Poetry Review, is "a masterly innovator . . . who has used his extravagant powers of wit and invention to enlarge the sphere of the poetic . . . he has stretched our ideas of what it is possible to do in poetry."
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 22nd 1996 by Knopf
(first published 1994)
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Obviously not as comprehensive as the collected, but I stole this from a bookstore where I used to work by stuffing it down the front of my overalls (yes, I wore them; it was the '90s), and when I open it I feel a rush of nostalgia and affection for the writer that I rarely get with books I paid cash money for.
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