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Kenneth Koch
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Kenneth Koch published many volumes of poetry, now gathered in The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch and On the Edge. His plays are collected in The Gold Standard: A Book of Plays and One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays, and his fiction was brought together in Collected Fiction. He also wrote several books about poetry, including Wishes, Lies, and Dreams; Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?; and Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry. Koch was the winner of the Bollingen Prize (1995) and the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry (1996), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (1995)...

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The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch

Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: eBook, 784 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 25, 2012
Price: $26.99

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The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch

Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $34.95

Kenneth Koch has been called “one of our greatest poets” by John Ashbery, and “a national treasure” in the 2000 National Book Award Finalist Citation.

Now, for the first time, all of the poems in his ten collections–from Sun Out, poems of the 1950s, to Thank You, published in 1962, to... Read more >
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New Addresses

Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $18.95

Kenneth Koch, who has already considerably "stretched our ideas of what it is possible to do in poetry" (David Lehman), here takes on the classic poetic device of apostrophe, or direct address. His use of it gives him yet another chance to say things never said before in prose or in... Read more >
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New Addresses

Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: eBook, 88 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 25, 2012
Price: $12.99

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On the Edge
Collected Long Poems
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $22.00

On the Edge is a collection of the six longer masterpieces by one of the most beloved and accomplished poets of our time.

Full of exclamation and exaggeration but also graced with dry wit and comic sophistication, these poems contain some of Kenneth Koch’s most original work. When the Sun Tries to... Read more >
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On the Edge
Collected Long Poems
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 25, 2012
Price: $14.99

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On the Great Atlantic Rainway
Selected Poems 1950-1988
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 25, 2012
Price: $12.99

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A Possible World

Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $15.00

"For the last thirty years or more, Kenneth Koch has been writing the most exuberant poems in America. In an arena where such good spirits are rare, he has become a national treasure. In his book of personal addresses to what has mattered most in his seventy-plus years on the planet... Read more >
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A Possible World

Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 25, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?
Teaching Great Poetry to Children
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?
Teaching Great Poetry to Children
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $15.00

First published to enormous acclaim in 1973, this book became a classic that revolutionized the way children are taught to read and write poetry. The celebrated poet Kenneth Koch conveys the imaginative splendor of great poetry--by Blake, Donne, Stevens, Lorca, and others--and then shows how it maybe taught so as to... Read more >
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Sleeping on the Wing
An Anthology of Modern Poetry with Essays on Reading and Writing
Written by Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1982
Price: $13.95

This book is specifically for high school students, though it is useful to college students and anyone interested in the art and craft of poetry. Koch and Farrell, experienced teachers as well as poets, write about poetry in such a way that students will find it accessible and interesting. The book... Read more >
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Sleeping on the Wing
An Anthology of Modern Poetry with Essays on Reading and Writing
Written by Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Sun Out
Selected Poems 1952-1954
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $15.00

“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... Read more >
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Sun Out
Selected Poems 1952-1954
Written by Kenneth Koch


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 25, 2012
Price: $13.99

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