Maybe her best...totally recherché and weirdly clear, lingered over and neatly boxed. Precious in the word's best sense.
—Ben Ratliff, The New York Times Book Review
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.
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.
In its very form, Nox embodies the complexity of loss.
—Sarah Zimmerman, Print Mag
Nox is poetic: Its language sings and stings... Carson is less interested in line breaks and stanzas than in creating a collage of texts to mimic the unwieldly and disjointed experience of mourning.
—Adam Wilson, Time Out New York
[Anne Carson] applies the habits of classical scholarship, the linguistic rigor, the relentless search for evidence, the jigsaw approach to scattered facts, to the trivia of contemporary private life.
—Sam Anderson, New York Magazine
Anne Carson's shape-shifting powers are epic.
—Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
She faces the voids that many of us prefer to turn away from, and this gives her work a rare urgency.
—The Barnes & Noble Review
All of these elements [of Nox] taken together become a stunning and heartbreaking exhibition of grief and wondering.
—Craig Morgan Teicher, Publishers Weekly
...breathtaking, evidence of visionary publishing at a moment when the book business is increasingly cynical.
Carson has... created an individual form and style for narrative verse... Seldom has Pound's injunction 'Make It New' been so spectacularly obeyed.
—New York Review of Books