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House Inspections

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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


A man performs whole days from his life as a drama, each day at home in his apartment. He goes to great lengths to be as realistic as possible, walking around the a
Paperback, 92 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Dec 04, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it
House Inspections by Carsten René Nielsen of Aarhus, Denmark, translated by David Keplinger, is a collection that the poet himself calls surrealist, but readers will find them poignant and truthful as well. The collection includes not only the original prose poems in Danish, but also the English translations Keplinger did in collaboration with the poet. David Keplinger introduces the collection with: “It was in this place of natural beauty and order that we set to work on Nielsen’s poems of the ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Nielsen's book presents a variety of his short-form poems in both the Danish and with the English translation on the opposing page. This layout is useful, astute, and a most-welcome change from the lack of original language text in English translations of poets from less-commonly spoken languages. As for the poems, Nielsen won't be everybody's cup of tea, but he should find (and certainly has) a wide and attentive readership. Nielsen tends towards forthright yet pithy observations, the likes of ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Two lines from Nielsen's own work best summarizes my feeling toward these poems: "You'll never before have heard anything that beautiful, but you'll always forget the poem as soon as you leave. As if it were just something you'd dreamed." The content of all of the prose poems in this book may not have stuck with me, but the impression left behind is one of lighthearted fun. I believe the pieces may be difficult for me to retain since they do not often have a complete narrative structure, but the ...more
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