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Koch, Kenneth 1925-2002

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Works: 348 works in 697 publications in 2 languages and 25,081 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Musical settings  History  Biography 
Roles: Compiler, Librettist, Former owner, Other, Editor, Performer, Contributor, Translator
Classifications: PS3521.O27, 811.5408
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Most widely held works by Kenneth Koch
Rose, where did you get that red? Teaching great poetry to children by Kenneth Koch( Book )
21 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and held by 2,126 libraries worldwide
Handbook on how to teach children to read great poetry as a meaningful experience in their lives
Wishes, lies and dreams; teaching children to write poetry by Kenneth Koch( Book )
24 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in English and held by 1,963 libraries worldwide
The author tells what happened at his school in poetry classes when he used his own technique which can be used by anybody. Also included are hundreds of poems to prove his point
Talking to the sun : an illustrated anthology of poems for young people ( Book )
3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 1,544 libraries worldwide
Overview: Published in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Poems from various time periods and many countries are organized by theme and illustrated with reproductions of art works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Sleeping on the wing : an anthology of modern poetry, with essays on reading and writing by Kenneth Koch( Book )
14 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in English and held by 1,234 libraries worldwide
Selections from the work of twenty-three modern poets, from Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins to Gary Snyder and Leroi Jones, including translations of poems by five European poets
I never told anybody : teaching poetry writing in a nursing home by Kenneth Koch( Book )
10 editions published between 1977 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,073 libraries worldwide
The collected poems of Kenneth Koch by Kenneth Koch( Book )
21 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 803 libraries worldwide
For the first time, all of the poems in Koch's ten collections--from Sun Out, poems of the 1950s, to Thank You, published in 1962, to A Possible World, published in 2002, the year of the poet's death--are gathered in one volume. Here is Koch's early work: love poems like "The Circus" and "To Marina" and such well-remembered comic masterpieces as "Fresh Air," "Some General Instructions," and "The Boiling Water" ("A serious moment for the water is when it boils"). And here are the brilliant later poems--"One Train May Hide Another," the deliciously autobiographical address in New Addresses, and the stately elegy "Bel Canto"--Poems that, beneath a surface of lightness and wit, speak with passion, depth, and seriousness to all the most important moments in one's existence. --From publisher description
Making your own days : the pleasures of reading and writing poetry by Kenneth Koch( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 748 libraries worldwide
Selections from the work of sixty-five poets, from Homer and Ovid to Frank O'Hara and John Ashberry, accompany a discussion of poetry, including meter, line division, rhyme, and poetic forms
A possible world : poems by Kenneth Koch( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 719 libraries worldwide
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
New addresses : poems by Kenneth Koch( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 650 libraries worldwide
A collection of reflective, joyful poems celebrates seminal events and influences in the poet's life, including piano lessons, Jewishness, and marijuana
Selected poems, 1950-1982 by Kenneth Koch( Book )
7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 644 libraries worldwide
The art of love : poems by Kenneth Koch( Book )
8 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 514 libraries worldwide
Sun out : selected poems 1952-1954 by Kenneth Koch( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 490 libraries worldwide
Mr. Koch's poems have a natural voice, they are quick, alert, instinctive . . . He has vivacity and go, originality of perception and intoxication with life. Most important of all, he is not dull." --Frank O'Hara, Poetry, 1955 Gathered together for the first time, the exciting, startling early work of one of our finest poets. Writing as a young man in the 1950s, Koch, a member of the now famed New York School along with John Ashbery, Larry Rivers, Frank O'Hara, and others, experimented with the delicate balance between sound and sense to offer a series of poems resembling music or abstract painting. For example, he opens the title poem with: "Bananas, piers, limericks / I am postures / Over there, I, are / The lakes of delectation / Sea, sea you!" Also included are a selection of short plays in verse and Koch's innovative masterpiece, "When the Sun Tries to Go On," a poem that "produces a radical reworking of the life-poem myth predominant in American poetics since 'Song of Myself'" (William Watkins, In the Process of Poetry). About "When the Sun Tries to Go On," David Lehman wrote, "Koch takes a great deal of delight in the sounds of words and his consciousness of them; he splashes them like paint on a page with enthusiastic puns, internal rhymes, titles of books, names of friends, and seems surprised as we are at the often witty outcome" (Poetry, 1968). When the poems in Sun Out were originally published, they set a standard for the freshness and surprise of language used in extraordinary ways. For almost five decades they have delighted readers lucky enough to find them. It is our pleasure to make them once again available in this new and provocative collection. From the Hardcover edition
On the great Atlantic rainway : selected poems, 1950-1988 by Kenneth Koch( Book )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 483 libraries worldwide
In this new selection of the poetry of Kenneth Koch - "one of our greatest poets" (John Ashbery) - Koch's brilliance, aesthetic daring, and virtuosity are everywhere apparent. Included here are selections from his book-length narrative poems, Ko and The Duplications, and from his dazzlingly incomprehensible (by ordinary means), fractured epic When the Sun Tries to Go On; poetic plays such as Pericles, Guinivere, Bertha, and six of his One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays; "instructional" poems - from The Art of Love - in which an old genre is splendidly revived; lyric, satiric, and sympathetic poems on the state of the arts - "Fresh Air" and "The Artist"; radically inventive love poems - "West Wind," "To Marina," "With Janice"; and the memorable autobiographical poems "On the Edge" and "Seasons of the Earth."
Thank you, and other poems by Kenneth Koch( Book )
4 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 481 libraries worldwide
The pleasures of peace : and other poems by Kenneth Koch( Book )
4 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 457 libraries worldwide
Impressionistic and colloquial poetry
One train : poems by Kenneth Koch( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 439 libraries worldwide
One poem is written by a ship at sea, another is a meditation on what it is to be a road, in a third the author counsels avoiding publicity in death: "To avoid the cliches / Of the obituary writers, / Die in obscurity. / A fine bed in a light-filled room / Someone who adores you is at your side / And vowed to silence."
The duplications by Kenneth Koch( Book )
5 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 libraries worldwide
The red robins : a play by Kenneth Koch( Book )
9 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 402 libraries worldwide
One thousand avant-garde plays by Kenneth Koch( Book )
5 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 400 libraries worldwide
Days and nights by Kenneth Koch( Book )
4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 383 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Koch, Jay Kenneth.
Koch, Jay Kenneth, 1925-2002
Koch, Kenneth
Languages
English (231)
Norwegian (1)
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