On the Edge
Collected Long Poems
By Kenneth Koch
(Knopf, Paperback, 9780375711206, 432pp.)
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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In paperback for the first time: Kenneth Koch’s six masterly, groundbreaking longer poems, which contain some of the poet’s most original work, full of exclamation and exaggeration but graced as well with dry wit and sophistication. Together they serve as the companion volume to the highly praised Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch.
Kenneth Koch was the author of nineteen collections of poetry, short plays, and books about poetry and how to teach it. The recipient of numerous awards, Koch lived in New York City and taught at Columbia University. He died in 2002.
“No American poet over the last half-century wrote with as much antic and anarchic gusto as Kenneth Koch: In the grand tradition of fast-talking funnymen from Aristophanes to Groucho, his boisterous brand of comedy was a natural byproduct of his exuberant audacity. Who says serious poetry has to be solemn?” —The Boston Globe