Kenneth Koch Poems

Kenneth Koch was an American poet who is closely associated with the New York School. His work is well regarded for its elements of surrealism, irony, and satire. He passed away in 2002.


by Kenneth Koch

‘Permanently’ by Kenneth Koch is a poem that compares the speaker’s love to the part of speech they view as the most essential.

Kenneth Koch is known for using surrealism and irony, this poem uses both in a way that is original and affecting. The wordplay and use of personification present a unique perspective on love and love poems as well.

One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.

An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.

The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.

The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.

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