Caroline Knox


Caroline Knox earned her BA from Radcliffe College and her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the author of many collections of poetry, including The House Party (1984), To Newfoundland (1989), Sleepers Wake (1994), and A Beaker: New and Selected Poems (2002). More recent work includes He Paves the Road with Iron Bars (2004), which won the Maurice English Award; Quaker Guns (2008), which received a Recommended Reading Award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book; Nine Worthies (2010); and Flemish (2013). Knox’s work has appeared widely in publications such as the Boston Review, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry, and her poems were included in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Second Edition (2013). Knox’s honors and awards include the Bess Hokin Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Fund for Poetry, and the Yale/Mellon Visiting Faculty Program. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard and currently lives in Massachusetts. Source 

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Information delayed. Information withheld.

Saturation with info, useless and helpful blended. Plot

not “completed.” Size and significance of events

unemphatic: far too much attention paid to

tiny subjects. Option on funny noises.

Order of info homogeneous. Litotes, a Greek god,

Litotes of Lacedaemonia. Why isn’t this boring?

Do I need this info? It changes all the time,

doesn’t repeat itself, it only almost does.

What is a “conditional honorific”?

Randomness and inductive method, both at once.

“So what?” is a valuable question to ask. Frame story,

like Taming of the Shrew, but W.S. didn’t

finish the frame! A is really a pretext for B. B is what counts.





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Education & Learning

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an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference

Rhetorical Question

a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered

Varied syntax

diverse sentence structure