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He Paves the Road with Iron Bars

By Caroline Knox
Publication Date: April 1, 2004

ISBN# 9780972348768 (5.5x8.5 60pp, paperback)

  • “Time doesn’t pass in New England, the library just gets bigger. Reading Caroline Knox one is grateful for her idiosyncratic guidance through the selva of text exfoliated (sometimes) and juxtaposed collagistically at other times. The desire that moves the concentrate sol of these word engines is one more powerful in our world now than it was when the world was smaller, namely ‘I have to have a book to really read.’ I really read this one, and felt time spinning, not passing.”—Andrei Codrescu

    Witty, compassionate, and restless, Knox fearlessly takes on NASCAR, numismatics, and canned Spam—and makes it all fascinating.

    Winner of the 2005 Maurice English Award

  • This book is a collection of small explosions, startling lines nestled among the commons—not of machines, but of scholarship. The world of this book is a static of quotations and information, guided by whimsy and flavored with some wonderfully peculiar phrases.
    Malinda Markham, The Antioch Review

    Caroline Knox's fifth collection...reprises her use of quotes and utterances plucked from their contexts in poems that ultimately address their own creation. If this seems convoluted, it is, yet to sound effect. He Paves The Road With Iron Bars is a stimulating hybrid of theory and poetry...
    Penelope Cray, Pleiades
  • Caroline Knox’s most recent publications are To Drink Boiled Snow (Wave Books, 2015), Nine Worthies (Wave Books, 2010) and Flemish (Wave Books, 2013). 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, To Newfoundland (Georgia 1984, 1989), and Sleepers Wake (Timken 1994).

    Her work has appeared in American Scholar, Boston Review, Harvard, Massachusetts Review, New Republic, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry (whose Bess Hokin Prize she has 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.

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