A Beaker: New and Selected Poems

A Beaker: New and Selected Poems

by Caroline Knox
     
 

A Beaker: New and Selected Poems shows Knox’s particular insistence on painterly abstraction, linguistic goofiness, and formal rigor. Free-wheeling allusive artifacts, Knox’s poems are visually precise, at times ornate, and often humorous. Selected from the poems of her three previous collections, and including a full complement of new poems,

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A Beaker: New and Selected Poems shows Knox’s particular insistence on painterly abstraction, linguistic goofiness, and formal rigor. Free-wheeling allusive artifacts, Knox’s poems are visually precise, at times ornate, and often humorous. Selected from the poems of her three previous collections, and including a full complement of new poems, A Beaker places Knox among the most important and original poets of her generation.

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The New Yorker
The hyper-literate Knox invites readers to "walk on the topos of previous perishing / literary remarks about mortality and mutability." She uses "Nortony" as a pejorative and name-drops the Harvard rare-books library. She is often obscure, but her allusions are as much a sign of camaraderie as of scholarly pretension, her poems a pert crystallization impossible in more narrative poetry. "Our brains are made of marbles," she writes, "and a game / is always going on inside our skulls."
Publishers Weekly
With highly compressed reference to figures as various as Hatshepsut and Harry Truman, Caroline Knox's A Beaker: New and Selected Poems dazzles with encyclopedic smarts and rhetorical rhinestones, showcasing the dense, edgy wordplay that is Knox's forte. Whimsical verse-prose hybrids offset the narratives with quirky quatrains spoken (at one point) by dogs, or with fantastical dialogues between, say, an eminent American man of letters and the discoverer of the North Pole: "Admiral Peary: Welcome aboard, sir./ John Ashbery: Thank you, but I will not come aboard. I am quite happy here." Longtime fans will also appreciate the selections from Knox's three previous collections, two of which were published by the University of Georgia. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970367273
Publisher:
Wave Books
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Caroline Knox is the winner of the 2005 Maurice English Award and the author of six collections of poetry, most recently He Paves the Road with Iron Bars (Verse Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Paris Review, and elsewhere. She has received awards from the NEA, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Poetry magazine.

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