"One might argue that nothing is sacred in Caroline Knox's work, but it would be truer to its spirit to say that everything is sacred here—and all are welcome."—Rebecca Frank, Boston Review
"Caroline Knox reminds us how whangy and interesting it all is."—C.D. Wright
"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."— The New Yorker
Caroline Knox once again demonstrates that she is a master at lyrical billiards, sending all levels of diction in surprising and comedic directions. No subject matter is off-limits for her examination. Her vast range of experiment is exciting, and the ensuing poems are games, dreams, and riddles. This collection is art on the page for the eye and the ear.
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put away comestibles big-time.
Caroline Knox 's most recent publications are Flemish (Wave Books, 2013), and Nine Worthies (Wave Books, 2010). Quaker Guns (Wave Books, 2008) received a Recommended Reading Award 2009 from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Six poems are anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Second Edition . She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (1996, 2006), The Fund for Poetry, and the Yale/Mellon Visiting Faculty Program.
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About the Author
Caroline Knox's most recent publications are To Drink Boiled Snow (Wave Books, 2015), Flemish (Wave Books, 2013), and Nine Worthies (Wave Books, 2010). Quaker Guns (Wave Books, 2008) received a Recommended Reading Award 2009 from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. He Paves the Road with Iron Bars , published by Verse Press in 2004, won the Maurice English Award 2005 for a book by a poet over 50. A Beaker: New and Selected Poems appeared from Verse Press in 2002. Her previous books are The House Party and To Newfoundland (Georgia 1984, 1989), and Sleepers Wake (Timken 1994).
Her work has appeared in American Scholar , Boston Review , Harvard Magazine , Massachusetts Review , New Republic , Paris Review , Ploughshares , Poetry (whose Bess Hokin Prize she won) , TriQuarterly , The Times Literary Supplement , and Yale Review . Her poems have been in Best American Poetry (1988 and 1994), and on Poetry Daily . Six poems are anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Second Edition .
She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (1996, 2006), The Fund for Poetry, and the Yale/Mellon Visiting Faculty Program. She was the judge for the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award of the Poetry Society of America in Spring 2003, and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard in 2003-2004. With Matthea Harvey and Peter Gizzi, she was a judge of the James Laughlin Award 2007.
Table of Contents
To Drink Boiled Snow
When I was about your age,
Dave the Potter Made Me
Islands and Bridges
Poem Beginning with a Line by Milton
The Adventure of the Dancing Men
They had had it in mind
We Sang “Fire! Fire! My Heart!”
Poem for Other Poems
Make your laziness be real rest
Morgan le Fay
Added Concern with External Nature
Title not given
Why would the Minoans