The Paris Review has published a dozen poems from this leading Danish poet's surreal, harrowing prose poetry collection.
About the Author
Carsten Nielsen: Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Enogfyrre dyr (2005) and Husundersøgelser (2008). His selected prose poems, The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors, was published in English by New Issues in 2007. His poetry has been featured in magazines in Italy, Germany, Canada and the United States. Carsten René Nielsen is born 1966 and lives in Aarhus.
David Keplinger: David Keplinger is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Prayers of Others, which won the 2006 Colorado Book Award. He is the recipient of the T.S. Eliot Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Danish Arts Council. He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D.C.
Praise for House Inspections…
Nielsen’s prose poems take us into a dream world where everyday objects take on new meaning...Some may complain that they’ve visited this dream world before, in prose poems by Charles Simic, Sabrina Orah Mark, and Christopher Kennedy, to name only a few. The prose poem’s affinity for the surreal, however, should be celebrated, as should Nielsen’s skill at plumbing the strangeness of the human psyche.”Rain Taxi
These are personal words, ones that describe mundane experiences while seeking from the same some higher meaning but never forcing or under false lights placing lofty meanings on the everyday Nielsen, though not the youngest of fellows, often seems older than his years via these poems as there is a strong and constant coat of the colors nostalgia and sometimes irritation in his words as to what his city has become he has proven once again that he has his own very distinct voice and one that he dedicates to very worthwhile writing on topics he makes come to life and illustrate the beauty and complexity we can find in even the most mundane things.”Gently Read Literature
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