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The World Cut Out With Crooked Scissors

The World Cut Out With Crooked Scissors

"Carsten René Nielsen has reinvented the prose poem as a revelation in a paragraph. His world, skillfully Englished by translator David Keplinger, is full of surprising creatures and equally surprising emotions. Nielsen is a master who deserves to be better known outside his native Denmark.' -Zack Rogow, Editor and Artistic Director, Two Lines: World Writing in Translation

From the translator's note: Born in 1966, Nielsen works as a full time writer in Aarhus, the second largest Danish city, an academic and cultural center located on the peninsula of Jutland. Aarhus is also the home of the Grauballe Man, a bog man 2000 years old and displayed year round at Moesgaard Museum in a wooded area south of the city. This man, his cut open throat, his fractured shin, his beard stubble, his skin-even his fingerprints-preserved by the tannins of the bog, though flattened by its tremendous weight, lies displayed under glass, a ghastly testament to our common tribal past. I find in Nielsen's poems a similar spectacle-the little glass box of form, and, within, something old, nasty, fascinating, human.

"Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen confines his poems to one tight paragraph, a highly constructed and mesmerizing window onto the world." -The Bloomsbury Review, March/April 2008

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