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Ten prose poems from Carsten René Nielsen’s House Inspections were published in The Paris Review no. 191.

Nicky Beer reviews The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors in The Georgia Review: »... scenes and tableaus that are by turns absurd, witty, disturbing, and delightful [...] the unconscious and self-consious merge into one marvelous hybrid.« Read an excerpt from the review > here.

Carsten René Nielsen is a Danish poet. His selected prose poems, The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors, was published in English by New Issues in 2007 and his most recent collection of prose poems, House Inspections, by BOA Editions in November 2011, both translated by the American poet > David Keplinger. His poetry has been featured in magazines in Italy, Germany, Canada and the US. Carsten René Nielsen lives in Aarhus, in Denmark. See > Bio for more info.

Selected prose poems

The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors – Selected Prose Poems by Carsten René Nielsen was published October 2007 by > New Issues Poetry and Prose in the United States.

The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors consists of translations of prose poems from Carsten René Nielsen’s books of poetry published 1998-2005: Circles (1998), Clairobscur (2001) and Forty-One Animals (2005) translated by American poet > David Keplinger. You can read ten poems here:

> Poems from The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors

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»These poems do much more than blur the line between illusion and reality: they evoke that vibrant contradiction of dreaming in which the real and unreal exist in perfect simultaneity …«

The Georgia Review

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House Inspections

House Inspections – Prose Poems by Carsten René Nielsen was published November 2011 by > BOA Editions in the United States.

House Inspections is translated by American poet > David Keplinger and also contains the Danish versions (first published 2008 as Husundersřgelser). You can read five poems here:

> Poems from House Inspections

»Nielsen employs many of the same surreal techniques as Russell Edson, but maintains a more objective tone, and typically leaves the reader with a sense of awe […] House Inspections offers tantalizing mysteries for a world all too often gnawing on its own cynicism.«

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