On the Edge

Kenneth Koch, Author Puffin Books $8.95 (98p) ISBN 978-0-14-058555-1
This book is comprised of two discursive poems: a diaristic account of Koch's impressions of Africa and the autobiographical title poem. Despite the similar free-wheeling, elliptical, run-on style, the first has a pretense to objectivitywe are given some idea of what the place actually looks likewhereas the latter, a tour of the deeper recesses of the poet's mind, often borders on incomprehensibility. We are in the presence of a charming, witty fellow who is absolutely fascinated by and caught up in the stream of his own consciousness. Koch is a good deal more fun than most poets, but the future of this kind of extreme solipsism and style-for-style's sake is debatableKoch simply does not have John Ashbery's weight. These poems are pop-bead collections of associative moments that never quite rise above their occasions. (March)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1986
Release date: 03/01/1986
Hardcover - 98 pages - 978-0-670-80939-4
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