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I was excited by what my painter friends were doing,
by Kenneth Koch

I was excited by what my painter friends were doing,
and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too,
and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world.
- Kenneth Koch

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
- Kenneth Koch

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting
as were thousands of other people,
and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write,
but it's not.
- Kenneth Koch

I've had trouble with criticism, I guess.
It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either
encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
- Kenneth Koch

 

It takes a long time to publish a book.
- Kenneth Koch

I got married, other people went off.
We had sort of another public-we were our entire readership for many years,
and we were very excited by each other.
- Kenneth Koch

I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
- Kenneth Koch

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Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of
the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine.
It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things.
- Kenneth Koch

It seems everything is so full of possibilities one
can hardly take it all in.
- Kenneth Koch

I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
- Kenneth Koch

As for political poetry, as it's usually defined,
it seems there's very little good political poetry.
- Kenneth Koch

Picasso said once when being interviewed that one should
not be one's own connoisseur.
- Kenneth Koch

The subject matter of the stories on the surface...
there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
- Kenneth Koch

When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box,
but prose is endless.
I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!
- Kenneth Koch

It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can
have a strange aspect when one is travelling.
- Kenneth Koch

It's enormously cheering to get a good review by someone
who seems to understand your work.
- Kenneth Koch

I certainly have the feeling that I'm the same person
even though I've changed a great deal.
- Kenneth Koch

I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader...
I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s,
I would write for my wife Janice...
mainly for my poet friends and my wife,
who was very smart about poetry.
- Kenneth Koch

Politics is there the way men and women are there,
the way the Atlantic Ocean is there.
Sometimes I've written about politics specifically,
I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers.
- Kenneth Koch

Once I start writing about something,
it goes off rather fast, and sometimes details which
might be interesting such as what the room looked like
or what somebody said that was not exactly on the same
subject tend to get lost.
- Kenneth Koch

Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good
deal of irony in the world...
I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising,
there's obviously a lot of deception.
- Kenneth Koch

As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work,
I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that...
That may be the hardest thing for a writer,
at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is.
- Kenneth Koch

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
My family was not nationally known as being a literary family,
though my mother and my mother's side of the family
in general were interested in literature.
- Kenneth Koch

I love painting and music, of course.
I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry.
I've certainly been influenced by fiction.
I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it,
and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
- Kenneth Koch

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

Don't expect me to get excited over
another damn thing we need to find.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

If it was really successful, it was a life calling,
a career I was excited about doing, so I didn't think
the overall risk was anywhere near as high as what the reward was.
- John Hickenlooper

Obviously, the hit singles get the biggest reaction -
that's when you can see people really getting excited.
- Kathy Valentine

Kurt and I weren't the closest of friends,
but I knew him well enough to be devastated by his death.
For such a quiet person, he was so excited about having a child.
- Layne Staley

I get real excited when I hear my shows on the radio.
- Nina Blackwood

Men's indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal
wrong than by violent wrong;
the first looks like being cheated by an equal,
the second like being compelled by a superior.
- Thucydides

The same parts of my brain get as excited as when I
study bio or read a novel and write a paper on it.
- Utada Hikaru

My friends seem much more excited about my doing Anastasia than Brainstorm...
and to tell you the truth, I feel the same way.
- Natalie Wood

I'm excited about being here in an organization that I grew up rooting for...
I'm excited about being an Atlanta Brave and pitching in Game 1.
- Tim Hudson

I think the potential for the program at the risk of
sounding self-serving is large,
some would say even limitless, so I'm excited about
it and I think it can even pass next year.
- Harold Ford

I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef.
I'm always excited about learning new things about food.
- Paul Prudhomme

Internet mailing lists are like Fox television shows.
They have really cool previews, and they get you all excited about them,
but they just don't live up to their promises.
- John Dobbin

Statistics suggest that when customers complain,
business owners and managers ought to get excited about it.
The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
- Zig Ziglar

As you get older, you're doing different parts,
but the young people, like yourself,
they keep you excited,
because they'll see Waterfront, and they'll want to talk about it.
- Eva Marie Saint

Don't get too caught up in making money or having a job,
get excited about the fact that you can design your life.
- Darren L. Johnson

Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts;
for if you let it pass,
the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.
- William Wirt

That ere long, now that curiosity has been so much excited on this subject,
some human remains will be detected in the older alluvium of European valleys,
I confidently expect.
- Charles Lyell

I made a dollar a day sweeping a laundry out.
Then we made a record that was number two in Los Angeles.
We got so excited hearing it on the radio that Carl threw up.
- Dennis Wilson

There is such amazing talent at Disney.
My job is 100% creative, and I am very excited to creatively lead them.
- John Lasseter

I don't just want to be the girl boys get excited about,
I have no desire for people to see me in a sexy way.
I won't do nudity ever.
- Alicia Silverstone

I myself am a builder and get totally excited about building Yahoo!
as a brand and building it into a bigger and better company.
That's what I intend to do.
- Terry Semel

I was more excited than scared, at the opportunity
to work in an English movie.
- Aishwarya Rai

Everyone in show business has had the experience of
the fan who is so excited at recognizing their favorite star,
they say, 'Oh my gosh, you're my biggest fan!'
- Audrey Meadows

I'm very excited to see where the characters and their relationships go.
But in the end, it really boils down to the people
who have more power than me,
who control the money.
- Brandon Routh

Enthusiasm is not the same as just being excited.
One gets excited about going on a roller coaster.
One becomes enthusiastic about creating and building a roller coaster.
- Bo Bennett

One of the characteristics I cherish in my friends
is their childlike gullibility,
and several excited minutes were spent trying to actually find this book.
- Phil Foglio

Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream.
This excitement is like a forest fire -
you can smell it,
taste it, and see it from a mile away.
- Denis Waitley

I am very excited to be here in Wales and look forward
to putting on the Cardiff Blues shirt.
- Jonah Lomu

I'm still excited at being at a microphone and talking to listeners.
I love that.
It's the most basic element of what I do and I still enjoy it very much.
- Bob Edwards

Well, obviously I was excited by the idea that Woody
Allen was going to direct it.
But at the same time, the script itself and the character was really interesting.
- Radha Mitchell

I worked for Sam Peckinpah on quite a bit of action in his films,
and he got excited once in a while.
- Richard Farnsworth

It's hard not to be excited when you're going to find
a way to land on the moon.
- Alan Bean

I've been amazed that it's so popular with people.
But it's been fantastic.
People are very excited when I walk into a place and
they recognize me from the series.
- Victor Garber

Women like to watch women fight because it makes them
feel sort of empowered physically and mentally.
They feel kind of jazzed and excited by it.
- Lucy Liu

I was really excited to have the opportunity to make Fiddler.
- Norman Jewison

I was kind of excited about going to jail the first
time and I learnt some great dialogue.
- Quentin Tarantino

I started writing movie scripts.
They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when
they were finished because they were simple copies
of the films I saw in childhood.
- Manuel Puig

Leaders must wake people out of inertia.
They must get people excited about something they've never seen before,
something that does not yet exist.
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter

I didn't get to see Predator until halfway through shooting.
It was great to get an education while I was shooting
because it made me excited to be part of this legacy.
- Sanaa Lathan

I feel fantastically excited that we have a leader
who fought for the leadership without compromising
his quite challenging view that the party has to change.
- Francis Maude

I'd be quite excited to play somebody British.
- Claire Forlani

I think I'd struggle to get excited by synchronised swimming.
- Ian Botham

I still get excited about meeting celebrities,
because I don't think I'm a celebrity myself.
- Allan Carr

I'm real excited.
I'm so blessed to have so much peace and joy inside.
I just can't keep quiet about it.
- Brian Welch

I have lived and slept in the same bed with English
countesses and Prussian farm women...
no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
- Florence Nightingale

We're building a great company, and we're very excited
about the future of the company.
- Jim Barksdale


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