Kenneth Koch’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

February 27, 1925

Death Date

Jul 6, 2002

Age of Death

77 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Manhattan, New York, United States



The poet Kenneth Koch died at the age of 77. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

New York School poet and playwright remembered for such works as The Art of Love, Sleeping with Women, and Permanently. His later works include Seasons on Earth, One Train, and Straits.

He attended Harvard University and Columbia University.

He was a popular poetry professor at Columbia University for more than forty years.

He married Janice Elwood, with whom he had a daughter, Katherine. Following Elwood’s death, he married Karen Culler.

He and Frank O’Hara were both members of the New York School, a cosmopolitan, exuberant literary movement that broke with the introspective poetic mold of the time. 



As for political poetry, as it’s usually defined, it seems there’s very little good political poetry.

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

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

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

Kenneth Koch

It’s enormously cheering to get a good review by someone who seems to understand your work.

Kenneth Koch