To Drink Boiled Snow
To Drink Boiled Snow
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.
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 Hear Trains (Wave Books, 2019), 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 and To Newfoundland (Georgia 1984, 1989), and Sleepers Wake (Timken 1994).
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
ISBN# 9781940696119 (7x10 96pp, trade hardcover)