New Addresses

Kenneth Koch, who has already considerably “stretched our ideas of what it is possible to do in poetry” (David Lehman), here takes on the classic poetic device of apostrophe, or direct address. His use of it gives him yet another chance to say things never said before in prose or in verse and, as well, to bring new life to a form in which Donne talked to Death, Shelley to the West Wind, Whitman to the Earth, Pound to his Songs, O’Hara to the Sun at Fire Island.  Koch, in this new book, talks to things important in his life — to Breath, to World War Two, to Orgasms, to the French Language, to Jewishness, to Psychoanalysis, to Sleep, to his Heart, to Friendship, to High Spirits, to his Twenties, to the Unknown. He makes of all these “new addresses” an exhilarating autobiography of a most surprising and unforeseeable kind.From the Hardcover edition.
i seriously cannot believe that New Addresses has so many five star ratings. I made time to read the entire book once I started.
New Addresses By Kenneth Koch
If you have read other books by Kenneth Koch you don’t need reviews to tell you why you will love this book
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