Goodreads Synopsis: 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 Catullus “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.
I absolutely loved this book, it was my first five star book of the year. Everything about this book is beautiful.
From the first page I feel in love with it’s format. The book, in a strange mixture of hardback and paperback, does not have a real binding, and really the only way to describe it is it’s like an accordion, in that you pull the pages as they fold out. I fell in love with the mixture of collage and poetry, sometimes the poetry is made out of letters from her family.
The book is eulogy for her brother, it tells of his life and death, and how is his life affected her family. With the combination of poetry and pictures of her family, it makes for one of the most emotionally tangible poetry books I’ve ever read.
Anne Carson is a wonderful writer and I heartily recommend this book to you all.