on poetry

February 27, 2022

“Writers I like include, in earlier generations, William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens. There’s an American poet named John Wheelwright I like very much. Of course, I like Byron enormously; I’m crazy about Don Juan. And of course Keats and Shelley and I suppose everyone that everyone likes. I think my poetry was very influenced — it seems almost dumb to say it — but it was very influenced by Shakespeare. Very early on I read his plays…and, I don’t know, I started speaking in blank verse at a rather early age. [Laughing] But then, I’m a writer who likes to be influenced.”
Kenneth Koch
(February 27, 1925 – July 6, 2002)

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