Nox

Poetry

Anne Carson

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 Catallus "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.

More Praise…

“Anne Carson is a daring, learned, unsettling writer.”

— Susan Sontag

“An evocative artifact of personal history.”

The Virginia Quarterly Review

“An assemblage of words and images so artfully arranged that they make us reconsider not only what poetry can do and should do but even what a book is... Nox will change the way you read.”

— Andrew Ervin, The Believer

“Carson has made an extraordinary object, like the phoenix's egg, and has supplied us with the sublime logic to understand everything inside of it as provisional, sketched, and partial: it is an edifice built on botched attempts.”

— Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books

“True, this book — which you can read in less than an hour but will take a life to absorb — takes risks, gambles with exposure... Nox reminds us that where we cannot understand, we can still love.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“What a book.”

The New Republic

Nox is interactive, beautiful, and its presentation lends meaning to its contents.”

The New Inquiry

“A moving document, a rapt exploration of a few more or less deconstructive ideas, a marvelous object of manufacture, a long trip through a short poem by Catullus, and a minor, memorable occurrence in the career of a major writer... Poetry of the most welcome kind: a work you can admire and interpret.”

London Review of Books

“This most desolate and solitary of elegies is a work of salvage.”

The Nation

“Carson daringly resists the idea that one cannot think one’s way into another’s muteness and pursues an intimacy occasioned both by necessity and desperation... Stunning in the eloquence of its ambivalence.”

Boston Review