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To Drink Boiled Snow

By Caroline Knox
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

ISBN# 9781940696119 (7x10 96pp, trade hardcover)

  • Knox once again demonstrates that she is a master at lyrical billiards, sending all levels of diction in surprising and comedic directions. No subject matter is off-limits for her examination. Her vast range of experiment is exciting, and the ensuing poems are games, dreams, and riddles. This collection is art on the page for the eye and the ear.

  • Each poem operates with an elastic sense of what can be mentioned, as when Ortelius, Copernicus, Mark Strand, and the kids’ game Marco Polo appear together in “The World.” Poetry itself is never beyond the scope of consideration: it is in the spotlight, and poems are made visible to the reader.
     Alexandria Peary, Boston Review

    Knox...mimics the sensation of falling down a crystalline rabbit hole in her disparate, sweeping, and intellectual ninth collection.
    Publishers Weekly

    Knox’s poems are conversational, irreverent (while also full of sweet reverence), and playful.
    Arielle Greenberg, American Poetry Review

    [To Drink Boiled Snow] ranges widely from scientific and philosophical meditation to the joys of pottery and Woods Hole...and this collection feels like her most accessible yet.
    Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

    Caroline Knox’s [To Drink Boiled Snow] is sly, funny, obdurate, and brilliant…“I was just playing,” she writes. That’s key: the rejuvenation of poetry with play, and in Knox’s case the game is extremely sophisticated and elegant.
    Terese Svoboda, The Common

    Knox is a genius of the poetic happening, and her poems are provocative interludes in the capacious realm of the eternal.
    Sonja James, The Journal

    [To Drink Boiled Snow] illustrates not only the beauty but the necessity of a wide spectrum of poetic formats—the vast and precious variety of the poetic ecosystem.
    Brenton Woodward, The Volta Blog  

  • 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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