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Knox expands on her inimitable cast of characters, in hilariously poignant poems. In poems like “Marriage” and “One Ton of Dirt,” Knox ventures further into autobiographical territory than she's ever gone before, in ways that will startle those familiar with her previous books, exploring relationships with her exes, her parents, and her younger self. Like the best comedians (to whom she's often compared), Knox is never merely funny. Each of her speakers, even the bedraggled coyote that walks into a Quizno's, has something important to say.

"Knox's poems knock me out. They have a pace of imagination, an ease of inventiveness that gives me an excuse to use the word brio…The oddities of her work create a space in which it's possible to be oddly sincere...To read these poems is to believe that accident and breakdown ARE the way forward, and to feel someone trying to interrogate the past generously enough to allow room for extremes of response, from shouting to atonement."
—Bob Hicok

Reviews: Coldfront | Publishers Weekly | Cutbank | Tarpaulin Sky | Constant Critic

WIR FÜRCHTEN UNS (Lux Books, 2008)
“The Poetry of Jennifer L. Knox is one of the most audacious and unusual, it has to offer the latest contemporary poetry of the United States. In her poems she slips into a myriad of roles, suggests doing antics of the post to Popmoderne and fraternizing in the spirit of Frank O'Hara, pop culture, late Western and Derrida. Incidentally and effortless, these poems are on top of that profoundly tragicomic with a slight slope to the absurd. Her poems appear in the major published annually anthology The Best American Poetry, as well as in The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Verse."
—Translated from the Lux Books website

DRUNK BY NOON (Bloof Books, 2007).
“With so much of contemporary poetry dominated by the introspective, it is refreshing from time to time to have some good old-fashioned crazy fun. Full of sex, drugs, and Liberace, the humor is Knox’s poetry is used with precise skill…Indeed, behind every comic moment is a tragedy shouting through its megaphone…Drunk by Noon is, at its heart, a wonderfully entertaining book, both because of its comic genius and because Knox never gives the impression that comedy is her only purpose.”
American Poet

"This second book from Knox, a young New York poet, continues the playful romp through the warped Americana she began in her debut, A Gringo Like Me. Here, Knox gives voice to wayward teens, drug-addled sages and fat dogs fantasizing about killing babies—among other unsavory characters—through dramatic monologues and quick narrative sketches."
Publisher's Weekly

Reviews: Jacket | Publishers Weekly | Coldfront | Harriet | Diagram

A GRINGO LIKE ME (Bloof Books, 2005).
Borrowing its title from an Ennio Morricone ditty in the spaghetti western Gunfight at Red Sands, Knox’s A Gringo Like Me contains poems at once raucous and sexy, tender and high. In favorites such as “Hot Ass Poem,” “Cruising for Prostitutes,” and “Chicken Bucket,” Knox’s speakers appear ornery, hickish, undereducated, misogynist, or worse, but each quirky character manages to elucidate a truth we’re better off knowing, even if we’d rather forget it. At other times, Knox’s lyrical “I” is downright pretty; in poems like “A Common American Name” and “Freckles” she charms.

Knox has collected dramatic monologues, personal lyrics, and even plays together in a single energetic volume for a genuinely surprising debut. Between the poles of her unique range, Knox straddles and tames what she may yet prove to be an artificial divide in American poetry: she’s a former slam champion, but also a three-time contributor to The Best American Poetry; she’s hilarious and performative on stage, but also deeply intellectual and formally in control.  

Reviews: Columbia Journal of American Studies | Southeast Review