Poetry. The experimental and L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E influence is clear, yet THE DEVOTION FIELD offers, in a number of urban elegies, more narrative and personal (though still political) detail than has been Keelan's habit. Full of cultural and social critique, the poems concern themselves with the artifice of language, the art of being and the art of art, the fragmentation and continuous flux of contemporary life. She employs trademark techniques: stream-of-consciousness, free association and associative leaps, in addition to a new emphasis on melody and musical phrasing.
Author City: LAS VEGAS, NV USA
Claudia Keelan is the author of six collections of poetry, including O, HEART (Barrow Street Press, 2014), MISSING HER (New Issues Press, 2009), The Secularist (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), and Utopic (Beatrice Hawley Award, 2001). A book of translations, Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2015. Ecstatic Émigré, essays written for The American Poetry Review, is still underway. She is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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