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Drunk by Noon
Jennifer L. Knox

November 2007
Trade Paper Original
ISBN: 978-0-6151-6355-0
80 pp. | $15.00



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Did somebody say Jen Knox’s poems "read like Richard Pryor with an MFA"? Yes, somebody did.* She’s also been compared to comedian Sarah Silverman, artist Jeff Koons, a 10-year-old who can’t keep her mouth shut, and cartoonist R. Crumb. None of these equations is quite right, however. Jennifer L. Knox’s work is unmistakably her own: darkly hilarious, surprisingly empathetic, utterly original.

Drunk by Noon is the eagerly awaited sequel to Knox’s first book, A Gringo Like Me. All three of Jennifer's books are available from Bloof. (Check out the bundle deal here.)

Jennifer L. Knox was born in Lancaster, California—where absolutely anything can be made into a bong. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies The Best American Poetry (1997, 2003 and 2006), Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present, Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books, and The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present. She has taught poetry writing at New York University and Hunter College, and is available for children’s parties, séances, and tradeshow booth demonstrations. For even more specious information, see

*John Findura in Verse.

Sample poems from Drunk by Noon:

Four in Coconut

One in Blackbird

Another in Blackbird

Three in Kulture Vulture

A podcast of Jennifer reading from Drunk by Noon & A Gringo Like Me at FSU

Praise for Drunk by Noon

"These are not poems to be placed on a pedestal. They are to be read and, most importantly, enjoyed...she is doing something that captures attention, is truly artistic, and fills a void in contemporary poetry. It is the average people that Knox ends up speaking to...I, for one, am certainly happy that she continues to speak, and I will definitely keep listening."


"Knox continues to simultaneously pierce and please the reader...Knox's brusque no-nonsense voice can be rough to the touch at times, tough too, but it is always finely anchored in gorgeous language and sound-play that twists richly through the verse...Though many tout Knox's humor as her most popular quality, like the best technicians of comedy it is the jugular she goes for, by way of the jocular...From a landscape of Americana with its tumbleweeds, acid hits, red meat and f*cking, Knox's voice comes at us courageous and stouthearted sticking her flag deep in the soil of this weird and wicked world."

Harriet, the Poetry Foundation blog

"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. [F]ascination with the down-and-out lurks behind Knox's layers of irony and comic distance. She's at her best and most entertaining in bursts of everyday surrealism—like the poem 'Pastoral with Internet Porn,' which bristles with energy and imagination."

Publishers Weekly

Though Jennifer L. Knox writes with a chaotic and preternaturally inventive élan of a disgusting world untethered from the spirit, lost and locked in its own matrix of collective narcissistic excitement, she refuses not to love it. She writes of little durable people and little durable dogs, all with wide, durable spirits. What you get is the embarrassing truth that is our world—and Knox looking at it and us for what we are: a clutter of gorgeous, lovable kitsch. And she does so with what can only be called satiric empathy. In fact, she is without doubt one of the most empathic writers of recent decades. In short, she’s a freakin genius.

—Gabriel Gudding

Jennifer L. Knox’s first book A Gringo Like Me is a rarity in that it is almost as good as the blurbs on its back say it is, and her second book is even better. Knox is a tragic poet, though her poems at times seem comic. Very USA in other words. Filled with the despair of our “fallen names” finding poignant resolutions where none exist. The characters in Drunk by Noon are sad spasms desperate for the entertainment promised by the photographs of empty American landscapes, and finding it after all only in each other. For which Knox has the heart to forgive them. Knox has a sympathetic eye for the caricatures and celebrations we USAers use to evade the cultural horror she depicts with complicity as if she too were not entirely innocent of it. Her poems typify and experience our angst hypes, our hopeless flippancies. She braves to save whom, herself or us?

—Bill Knott

Since Knox favors premise over conclusion, her poems simply speak—they do not explain. In this way they are not entirely unlike scripture. The part that is unlike scripture is the one that’s like “Wait, I was reading these poems and laughing but my hearing aid fell out and then my face just kind of blew off in a beautiful rainbow spray of bullshit-dissolving napalm.”

—Sarah Manguso

Even more praise here.

Also Available from Bloof:

A Gringo Like Me

The Mystery of the
Hidden Driveway