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A possible world : poems

Author: Kenneth Koch
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A brilliant follow-up to Koch's award-winning New Addresses. The three long poems in this book are ambitious attempts at rendering the complete story of a life. Taken together they present a dazzling picture of the pleasures and confusions of existence, as well as the pleasures and difficulties of expressing them.
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Koch, Kenneth, 1925-2002.
Possible world.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
(OCoLC)606904638
Online version:
Koch, Kenneth, 1925-2002.
Possible world.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
(OCoLC)607769337
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Koch
ISBN: 0375414924 9780375414923 0375710000 9780375710001
OCLC Number: 50004042
Description: 96 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Bel Canto --
A Review --
A Momentary Longing to Hear Sad Advice from One Long Dead --
Mountain --
To Buddhism --
A Schoolroom in Haiti --
The Expansive Water --
La Ville de Nice --
Topiary Couple --
Behavior in Thailand --
On the Acropolis --
Zones --
A Changing China --
Day and Night in Kuala Lumpur --
Proverb --
At Extremes --
Possible World --
To a Bug --
Variations at Home and Abroad --
Flight --
A Big Clown-Face-Shaped Cloud --
Roma non basta una vita --
Paradiso --
The Unfinished --
The Moor Not Taken --
Thor Not Taken --
Movement --
Primus Inter Pares --
Relations --
Barking Dogs in the Snow --
A Memoir
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A brilliant follow-up to Koch's award-winning New Addresses. The three long poems in this book are ambitious attempts at rendering the complete story of a life. Taken together they present a dazzling picture of the pleasures and confusions of existence, as well as the pleasures and difficulties of expressing them.

Other poems bring Koch's questioning, lyrical attention to more particular aspects of experience, real and imagined -- a shipboard meeting, the Moor not taken, or the unknowable realm of mountaintops. As in all of Koch's work, one hears the music of unconquerable exuberance in stormy conflict with whatever resists it -- death, the injustice of power, the vagaries of life in Thailand, China, or Rome.

The ebullience and stylistic variety that one has come to expect of this protean poet -- called a "national treasure" in his NBA finalist's citation -- is everywhere present in this stunning new collection.

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