"The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel."
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."Kenneth Koch on Buddha
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."Kenneth Koch on Maya Angelou
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."Kenneth Koch on Thomas Jefferson
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."Kenneth Koch on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."Kenneth Koch on Saint Augustine
"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."
"As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry."
"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."
"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."
"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."