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... show more
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. 50 color and black-and-white prints
Publish date: April 1st 2010
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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A phenomenal achievement in publishing by itself, the author explores her emotions over the passing of her brother through the prism of Poem 101 by Catullus, with the definition of each Latin word on facing pages from her clipped, collage, written, and typed snippets of thought and memory. You'll ru...
If, possibly, one could describe what Nox is as a work of abstract poetry it could possibly be considered a kind of meta-elegy. Because, in many different ways Nox is a haunting work that talks about the elegiac mode while existing as an elegy in and of itself. The title itself appears to be from th...
Some books just do not work as books. So what is a writer to do when they want to express something which does not fit into the usual binding? It helps when you are Anne Carson, an established poet and classicist, and you are writing on an usual subject.Nox (Latin for "night") is an elegy, or as Car...
I'm not sure I'd classify this as poetry. It's really a collage/pastiche/construction. I found it absorbing and meaningful, but even though its linguistic/structural core is a poem by Catullus, mourning his brother's death (hence, Carson's brother's death), I found it poetic but not a poem. Read wit...
I've been tossing around like an insomniac deciding what to read next. I've been off fiction for grown-ups for a while, for various personal reasons. I had cause to push Autobiography of Red into someone's hands this weekend, which gave me cause to pull this artifact out and consider it again. I kno...