She is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything she wrote.

Susan Sontag

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.

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by Anne Carson

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.

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Anne Carson

Canadian poet, essayist and translator of Greek mythology

She is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything she wrote.

Susan Sontag

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.

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

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.

Publishers Weekly

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