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Feb 20, 2013
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Kenneth Koch talks to Mr. Rogers about feeling necessary in the world

I think all people would like to feel that they’re a necessary part of life. That they’re necessary in the world, and that life would be poorer if they weren’t in it. When you accomplish something, when you write good poetry, then I think you feel that the world would be slightly different if you weren’t in it. And that, I think, is part of what being needed is about.

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(Source: youtube.com)

Jan 04, 2012
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Writer's Block Party One

Kenneth Koch reading “You Want A Social Life With Friends" (2000)

This was recorded by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. Here’s what she has to say about it:

One of my favorite poems appears in the book on page 144. It is called So You Want A Social Life With Friends, and it is by Kenneth Koch. In the fall of 2000, I had the privilege of recording Mr. Koch reading this poem in his Upper East Side apartment for an audio magazine project I was working on. I used a tiny Radio Shack tape recorder, and take full responsibility for the lack of high sound quality. (But I do admit I like the crackling and soundproof-lessness.) He was an impeccable, flawless reader—we were finished in two or three takes. Though he had been reluctant to agree to our session, once underway, he was a gracious, charismatic host. He had set up a nice tray with glasses of grapefruit juice. Fitting, because the whole thing was bittersweet. Mr. Koch died a year later. I believe this is one of his last recordings.

Amazing! One of my favorite poems, too.

Aug 25, 2010
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Jun 28, 2010
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May 08, 2009
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Jun 11, 2008
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Is there any unwanted…’kiss-me-I’m-poetical’ junk? Is my poem free of this?
— Kenneth Koch, “The Art of Poetry
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