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David Keplinger

David Keplinger

David Keplinger is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Clearing (2005) and The Prayers of Others (New Issues, 2006), which won the 2007 Colorado Book Award.He is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the SOROS Foundation, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2011 BOA, Ltd. published House Inspections, his translations of Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen, and in 2007 World Cut out with Crooked Scissors, Nielsen’s selected poems, appeared from New Issues Press.Keplinger directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D.C.

Also by David Keplinger


The Most Natural Thing

The Most Natural ThingThe Most Natural Thing

$15.00 paper | 90 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-930970-15-5
Publication Date: March 2013
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A Green Rose Book

Praise for The Most Natural Thing:

“Keplinger's poems, by juxtaposing such disintegration or failure to an integrated aesthetic that does not fail…ultimately [succeed] at precisely those moments where they take the most risk. The Most Natural Thing is a tender, graceful, and profound meditation on the ways in which we experience our bodies in the world; shuttling expertly between the narrative and the lyric, the ordinary and the wild, the book asks us to envision the body as that lived intersection between, as Keplinger would have it, the natural and the natural.”
           —Triquarterly Review

"...somehow this clever magical poet’s fervor brings to the page a splendor of humanism— the extension of wit, delight and cynicism. He’s at the top of the heap of the originals. When I finished reading, I said what would become of us without them."
            —Washington Independent Review of Books

"These poems are strongly rooted in human experience, each like a pulsing body. Read the pieces again and you’ll be surprised what powerful images were hiding the first time around."
            —The Rumpus

"’s evocative and haunting, a meditation on memory and the body and desire."
            —The Fiddleback

Praise for David Keplinger:

These poems enshrine the transcendental moment, but do so with a freshness of vision, by tracing its peripheries, by aiming for the undiscovered magic in scenes we’d normally overlook.

The question is less whether Keplinger benefits from the prose poem than whether prose poetry benefits from Keplinger—a question The Prayers of Others answers with a resounding yes.
            —The American Book Review

Imagine The Inferno reconfigured as a cross between one of Joseph Cornell’s boxes and a Rube Goldberg drawing: an infernal machine designed to produce the uncomfortable pleasures of wit’s disjunctions, gallows humor, wry nostalgias. And imagine that the guide’s voice has not yet outgrown or outworn the point of view, precocious and remarkably well read and almost always surprising, of a stranger in a stranger adult land whose consequences and mortalities can just be held at a distance, sympathetic or amused, as Dante’s mortal vision keeps the damned in their place…What’s consistent is the sustained invention of a tinkerer who takes his materials (so many of them fragile, easily discarded or mislaid) to heart even as he finds his humor, his consolation in the spirited play of their arrangements.
            —The Antioch Review


The Sleepers

I am running under trees and clouds, this is how I see my
life. But sometimes I touch Anicka’s collarbone along the
fissure, an old accident. Two kilometers from Krasna, we
sleep like that, in her dead grandmother’s bed, my hand
resting softly on her once broken shoulder. It is the room her
mother made for us. Her parents, too, step into their massive
wooden beds. Then moon pours through the window on our
bones. Gardenias painted on the walls. Death's white
calmness. A room that has filled up with sheep.