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Kenneth Koch Quotes & Quotations
Kenneth Koch
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    As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work, I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that... That may be the hardest thing for a writer, at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I certainly have the feeling that I'm the same person even though I've changed a great deal. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I certainly think it's worth making an effort to write about certain important things, as I made an effort to write about the war. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I got married, other people went off. We had sort of another public-we were our entire readership for many years, and we were very excited by each other. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. My family was not nationally known as being a literary family, though my mother and my mother's side of the family in general were interested in literature. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    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-KochKenneth Koch
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    I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader... I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s, I would write for my wife Janice... mainly for my poet friends and my wife, who was very smart about poetry. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I'm a writer who likes to be influenced. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    I've had trouble with criticism, I guess. It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    It's not that I was indifferent ot the horrors of war, because that's what inspired the poem to a large extent, but I couldn't write about them. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    Once I start writing about something, it goes off rather fast, and sometimes details which might be interesting such as what the room looked like or what somebody said that was not exactly on the same subject tend to get lost. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    Picasso said once when being interviewed that one should not be one's own connoisseur. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    Politics is there the way men and women are there, the way the Atlantic Ocean is there. Sometimes I've written about politics specifically, I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine. It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel. Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch
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    When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box, but prose is endless. I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut! Kenneth-KochKenneth Koch