Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Poetry Month Kick Off: Kenneth Koch

It’s national poetry month, in case you were not aware. To celebrate, I have been emailing some of my students a few poems every other day. My goal in life is to convince people that poetry can be fun. Shakespeare and Chaucer, god love them, don’t always appeal to non-English majors, thus the rest of the bunch tend to run away from poetry. Their loss, one might say, but not me. I’m on a mission.

Anyway, I’m posting this link, as it leads to a long, funny poem by Kenneth Koch, one of the New York School poets. There are a few good moments of advice here. Three lines in particular helped me through a minor crisis.

More to come.