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“Last week a friend read aloud to me the exuberant — not to mention hilarious — Kenneth Koch love poem To You, which memorably opens with the lines ‘I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnut/That will solve a murder case unsolved for years.’ Anyone afraid of poetry because they remember it as stiff and somber or as tedious homework would do well to roll around in the leaves with Koch and his Collected Poems. He’s so direct while still being dazzling, chatty as an old friend while offhandedly delivering astonishing images and observations, and full of humor and generous heart.”

Jynne Dilling Martin, author of

We Mammals in Hospitable Times

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