On the Edge

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On the Edge

Collected Long Poems

By Kenneth Koch

Knopf Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780375711206, 432pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

Description
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.


About the Author
Kenneth Koch is the author of many books of poetry, most recently "Straits, " and won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1994. He has also published fiction and plays, as well as books on the teaching of poetry: "Wishes, Lies and Dreams; Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?;" and "I Never Told Anybody." He lives in New York City, where he is professor of English at Columbia University.


Praise For On the Edge

“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