The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors

Selected Prose Poems

Carsten René Nielsen

The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors

Carsten René Nielsen

Distributed for New Issues Poetry and Prose

102 pages | 6 x 9 3/4
Paper $14.00 ISBN: 9781930974708 Published October 2007
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.
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