Nox (Hardcover)

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With its vaguely sepulchral packaging, containing a single accordion page, this memoir proves to be both physically beautiful and strangely moving. Composed using snippets of text, photographs, and drawings from her journal, the formidable Anne Carson presents an intensely personal tribute to a brother she barely knew. Good for the complicated and mournful.

— Beth


A signed, limited edition of 100 copies: Anne Carson’s haunting and beautiful Nox is her first book of poetry in five years—a unique, illustrated, accordion-fold-out “book in a box.”

Nox is an epitaph in the form of a book, a facsimile of a handmade book Anne Carson wrote and created after the death of her brother. The poem describes coming to terms with his loss through the lens of her translation of Poem 101 by Catullus “for his brother who died in the Troad.” Nox is a work of poetry, but arrives as a fascinating and unique physical object. Carson pasted old letters, family photos, collages and sketches on pages. The poems, typed on a computer, were added to this illustrated “book” creating a visual and reading experience so amazing as to open up our concept of poetry.

About the Author

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.

Praise For…

Carson has . . . created an individual form and style for
narrative verse. . . . Seldom has Pound’s injunction ‘Make It New’ been
so spectacularly obeyed.
— The New York Review of Books

Anne Carson is a poet who likes to get under people’s skin.
— Melanie Rehak - The New York Times Magazine

She is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything
she wrote.
— Susan Sontag

In the small world of people who keep up with contemporary poetry, Anne Carson has been cutting a large swath, inciting both envy and admiration.
— Daphne Merkin - The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811218849
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: April 30th, 2010
Pages: 192
Language: English