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Kenneth Koch – 7 Quotes

 

7 Quotes by Kenneth Koch

 

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 Koch


As for political poetry, as it’s usually defined, it seems there’s very little good political poetry.

– 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


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 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


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 Koch


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

– Kenneth Koch