Kenneth Koch Quotes


25 Kenneth Koch quotes:



"I saw a way that I could write fiction about my own experience and things that I've done and imagined. I was very interested to be writing these stories because I found that, like a certain kind of magnet, writing prose picked up details that my poetry had never been able to pick up."
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"It takes a long time to publish a book."
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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."
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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."
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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."
"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."
Author: Koch Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes
"The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel."
"I'm a writer who likes to be influenced."
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"I certainly have the feeling that I'm the same person even though I've changed a great deal."
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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."
"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."
Author: Koch Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes Painters And Painting Quotes
"Picasso said once when being interviewed that one should not be one's own connoisseur."
Author: Koch Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes
"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."
"I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet."
Author: Koch Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes
"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!"
Author: Koch Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes
"It's enormously cheering to get a good review by someone who seems to understand your work."
"Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation."
"It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can have a strange aspect when one is travelling."
Author: Koch Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes
"It seems everything is so full of possibilities one can hardly take it all in."
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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."
Author: Koch Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes



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