Jennifer L. Knox


“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.” —Publishers Weekly

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

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 four of Jennifer’s books are available from Bloof.

*It was John Findura in Verse.

Cover painting by Charles Browning.

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Knox, Jennifer L.