The Art of Poetry: Poems, Parodies, Interviews, Essays, and Other Work

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A charter member of the legendary New York School of poets that includes John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler, Kenneth Koch has become one of America's best known and best loved poets. His apt parodies and zany poetic conceits have earned him the distinction of being the funniest poet in America, and his extravagant imagination and knack for high hilarity have pleased generations of readers.

 
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A charter member of the legendary New York School of poets that includes John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler, Kenneth Koch has become one of America's best known and best loved poets. His apt parodies and zany poetic conceits have earned him the distinction of being the funniest poet in America, and his extravagant imagination and knack for high hilarity have pleased generations of readers.

 
Here, in The Art of Poetry, Koch offers amusing and thought-provoking essays on the nature of the
poetic moment, from its heartfelt emergence in an elementary school classroom to its raucous display in a set of satirical cartoons drawn by the author. Also included are interviews with Allen Ginsberg and Jordan Davis in which Koch discusses a range of diverse topics, including literary criticism, French poetry, and Santa Claus. The Art of Poetry provides Koch's audience with not only the musings and mischievous thoughts of the poetic mind, but also the reflections of the most respected poetry teacher in America.

Kenneth Koch's other books include On the Great Atlantic Rainway: Selected Poems 1950-1988; Seasons on Earth, Days and Nights, The Art of Love, One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays, and One Train, for which he won the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry. He is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780472066056
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Series: Poets on Poetry Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

An Introductory Note
The Art of Poetry 1
Saint-John Perse's New Book 16
A Note on Frank O'Hara in the Early Fifties 19
All the Imagination Can Hold 23
Poetry as Prose 30
The Poetry of Michel Deguy 34
On the Poetry of Joseph Ceravolo 45
Presenting John Ashbery 49
Fresh Air 53
Some South American Poets 61
Homage to Jorge Guinhieme 72
From One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays 76
After the Return of the Avant-Garde 78
A Tale of Two Cities 80
Manet 83
Searching for Fairyland 84
Six Hamlet Plays 85
The Theater at Epidauros 88
The Taps 91
Chatting with a Chinese Philosopher 94
Four Modern Poets 97
Teaching Great Poetry to Children 103
I'll Carry You Off to Sing with the Train, Maria 135
Quiet 147
Educating the Imagination 153
Collaborating with Painters 168
Writing for the Stage - an Interview with Allen Ginsberg 176
An Interview with Jordan Davis 187
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