Kenneth Koch Quotes

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Kenneth Koch Quotes

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. My family was not nationally known as being a literary family, though my mother and my mothers side of the family in general were interested in literature.
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I wasn't ready
For you.
I understood nothing
Seemingly except my feelings
You were whirling
In your life
I was keeping
Everything in my head
To Marina

— Kenneth Koch

I thought, 'There are a lot of poets who have the courage to look into the abyss, but there are very few who have the courage to look happiness in the face and write about it,' which is what I wanted to be able to do.

— Kenneth Koch

Poetry, which is written while no one is looking, is meant to be looked at for all time.

— Kenneth Koch

Summer in the trees! "It is time to strangle several bad poets." /
The yellow hobbyhorse rocks to and fro, and from the chimney / Drops the Strangler! The white and pink roses are slightly agitated by the struggle, / But afterwards beside the dead "poet" they cuddle up comfortingly against their vase. They are safer now, no one will compare them to the sea. /
Here on the railroad train, one more time, is the Strangler. / He is going to get that one there, who is on his way to a poetry reading. / Agh! Biff! A body falls to the moving floor.

— Kenneth Koch

Write poetry as if you were in love. If you are always in love you will not always write the same poem, but if you are never in love, you may.
- from My Olivetti Speaks

— Kenneth Koch

The uniform of the gladdest malt is its sureness.

— Kenneth Koch

AESTHETICS OF COMEDY ASLEEP
Don't wake the clown
Or he may knock you down.

— Kenneth Koch

I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.

— Kenneth Koch

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.

— Kenneth Koch

The subject matter of the stories on the surface ... there seem to be a number of stories about travel.

— Kenneth Koch

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not.

— Kenneth Koch

Poetry is a deliberate attempt to make language suggestive and imprecise.

— Kenneth Koch

One trouble with a kind of falsely therapeutic and always reassuring attitude that it is easy to fall into with old people, is the tendency to be satisfied with too little.

— Kenneth Koch

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