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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. Kenneth Koch#Poetry 67
Kenneth Koch#Poetry 67
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#Beginning 65
Kenneth Koch#Beginning 65
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. Kenneth Koch#Early 63
Kenneth Koch#Early 63
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. Kenneth Koch#Details 55
Kenneth Koch#Details 55
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#Another 47
Kenneth Koch#Another 47
The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel. Kenneth Koch#Matter 47
Kenneth Koch#Matter 47
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#Poetry 46
Kenneth Koch#Poetry 46
It seems everything is so full of possibilities one can hardly take it all in. Kenneth Koch#Hardly 46
Kenneth Koch#Hardly 46
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet. Kenneth Koch#American 41
Kenneth Koch#American 41
I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world. Kenneth Koch#Poetry 40
Kenneth Koch#Poetry 40
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