47 Total Quotes

Kenneth Koch Quotes

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
#American Poet #Irony

It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can have a strange aspect when one is travelling.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet

It seems everything is so full of possibilities one can hardly take it all in.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet

Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine. It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet #Beginning

I certainly have the feeling that I'm the same person even though I've changed a great deal.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet

Picasso said once when being interviewed that one should not be one's own connoisseur.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet

As charming as old people are, one doesn't want to have a 75-year-old baby. One wants to make something new.
Kenneth Koch
#People

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet #Poet

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.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet #Criticism

I also have travelled in Africa, so there are about seven or eight stories about Africa. I've also been to China, so there are five or six stories about China, and some about Mexico. I was a little surprised after I'd completed the book to see how many took place in other countries.
Kenneth Koch
#Africa

As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet #Poetry

I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet

The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet #Travel

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.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet #People

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
#American Poet #Painting

I discovered modern poetry I think quite late, when I was 17, through an anthology, a Louis Untermeyer anthology. Of course, I was crazy about modern poetry as soon as I discovered it.
Kenneth Koch
#Poetry

When I was 18 years old I had to go in the Army-it was World War II-and I didn't write very much at first, but when I was actually in combat in the Philippines I managed to write a few poems. It was reassuring to be able to write poems while I was in this terrible war.
Kenneth Koch
#Army

Politics is there the way men and women are there, the way the Atlantic Ocean is there. Sometimes I've written about politics specifically, I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers.
Kenneth Koch
#American Poet #Men

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
#American Poet #Love

I simply was ignoring the fact that The Waste Land indeed made it seem to many poets that one had to be depressed-not that The Waste Land is a bad poem, it's a wonderful poem-that one had to feel despair, that one had to think that the modern world was terrible.
Kenneth Koch
#Land