Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great Regulars: The illustration on the box's lid suggests that

reading Nox will be like peering through a keyhole--like spying--and I think of J.S. Mill's remark that "poetry is overheard." For Carson, too, this elegy is a work of espionage. "No one knew him," she observes of her brother, Michael, who "ran away in 1978, rather than go to jail" (the reason for the jail threat, like many of Carson's choices, goes unexplained, infecting the reader with Carson's confusion). He then moved abroad, and contacted his sister and mother only rarely. Finally he arranged to see Carson, but died before they could reunite.

from Powells: Review-A-Day: Tribute and Farewell


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