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By Carsten René Nielsen

ISBN-10: 1934414565

ISBN-13: 9781934414569

"These poems do even more than blur the road among phantasm and fact: they evoke that vivid contradiction of dreaming within which the true and unreal exist in ideal simultaneity."—The Georgia Review


A guy plays entire days from his existence as a drama, every day at domestic in his house. He is going to nice lengths to be as real looking as attainable, jogging round the residence and tending to day by day enterprise. merely at evening, while he sits through himself within the kitchen, does he peek from time to time on the window to glimpse his viewers. He won't thoroughly abandon the concept that somebody is obtainable. It's like in case you stand at the touchdown, in entrance of a closed door, and also you can't support pondering that somebody is gazing in the course of the peephole.

With a dozen poems formerly released in The Paris Review, Carsten René Nielsen is already a well-recognized identify to US poetry readers. those darkish prose poems—reminiscent of Charles Simic—map out a uniquely eu territory with chilling, cinematic clarity.

Award-winning Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen is the writer of 9 books of poetry, together with his US debut The global reduce Out with Crooked Scissors (2007). His poems seem in The Paris Review, Agni, Circumference, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review, and in other places. He lives in Aarhus, Denmark.

David Keplinger's poetry awards contain the Colorado ebook Award, T.S. Eliot Prize, an NEA fellowship, and delivers from the Danish Arts Council. He directs the MFA application at American college in Washington, DC.

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A phrase much bandied about in the Britain of the eighties by admirers of such as Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher. One learnt at school that "matter can neither be created nor destroyed": nor can wealth; it is merely a redistribution of resources ultimately dependent on (finite) nature. Adam Smith enquired into the "Wealth of Nations"- not its "creation". "Explanation means ex plane, that is to say, the opening out of things on a plain surface ... the intellect distorts reality ... because it persists in unfolding things out in space" (T.

Auden we know, thought it about the best thing he had ever done: 11 one can see why; apart from the extraordinary execution, the method is prophetically fertile. However, there is still the "Postscript" in which Ariel woos Caliban, echoed by the prompter. This is a fine lyric which looks back to Shakespeare through Lawes and Dryden. Yet its message may be more postmodern than the comparison suggests. Ariel and Caliban represent binary oppositions, yet such contrastive parti~lities may come together in the sigh of desire for the ultimate signified.

The last stanza constitutes a hymn to the natural, biological processes which underlie and sustain the human melodrama: "At the right moment, essential fluids I Flow to renew exhausted cells ... ". This is a holistic conclusion evoking a finally poignant deer- but not excluding the comicality of "smug hens". As often, the Auden caritas comes spiced with good humour. "Vespers" is perhaps the most strikingly unusual section of the poem: the most polarised by attitudinal oppositionality and the one most, therefore, in need of Hermetic negotiation between "different fibs".

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