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»Nielsen's archeological excavations, with its grown men in baby carriages, spider theaters, and sneezing trumpets, serve as antidote where politics have sickened us: the delusion of self-importance is momentarily washed away, and a clown sings from inside his barrel, rolling down a dark and lonely street.«

—David Keplinger


The prose poems 'Forty-One Objects' was published 2019 by > The Bitter Oleander Press in the United States.

'Forty-One Objects' is translated by American poet David Keplinger and also contains the Danish versions (first published 2017 as 'Enogfyrre ting').

Selected poems

Among the 41 prose poems in 'House Inspections' are these:

> Ruler & Pillow (on the website of the literary journal 'Copper Nickel')

From the translator’s introduction

»Born in 1966, Nielsen lives in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city. It is a bit of a Boston to Copenhagen’s New York. But smaller, more compact. A Jutlandish city, it prides itself on its removal from the urban center. So, while Nielsen’s poems are surrealistic, he has stripped them of ornamentation, ostentation, and over-experimentation. […] In fact, it should be of little surprise to us that Nielsen's strangeness has been embraced—perhaps more than in Denmark—in the United States. His books have found a following here where a cerebral, Pythonesque silliness stands a chance to draw a crowd.«

—David Keplinger