I reviewed Anne Carson’s new book Nox for the Seminary Co-op blog.
When Carson says that Nox is “an epitaph…in the form of a book,” we are in somewhat familiar territory. Nox is marketed as poetry and is one of Carson’s many generic hybrids that cast non-poetic genres into lyric. … Her postmodern poetics is related to the work of conceptualists who present non-poetic texts as poetry (like Kenneth Goldsmith) in pushing against the limits of what can be called poetry. But unlike the conceptualists, Carson is more interested in making the lyric with input from various sources than in grinding an axe against ideologies of the author or the lyric subject.
The rest of the review is here.