Poetry. THE MOST NATURAL THING is like a series of x-rays—symmetrical square boxes made of language, in which language is describing the anatomy of one body, and this body becomes a container of information about science, myth, memory, history, and dream. Think about a community of trees all sharing one clump of tangled roots underground, a kind of heart—though above ground they seem to be separate entities. The book looks at what is separate on the surface and tries throughout to find that tangled heart.
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David Keplinger is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently THE MOST NATURAL THING (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2013) THE PRAYERS OF OTHERS (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2006) , which won the Colorado Book Award, and The Clearing (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2005). His first collection, The Rose Inside (Truman State University Press), won the 1999 T.S. Eliot Prize. David has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the SOROS Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Katey Lehman Foundation. From 1995 until 1997 he taught at Gymnazium Petra Bezruc in Frydek-Mistek (Czech Republic) and creative writing at the University of Ostrava. His essays on creative writing pedagogy, now a book-in-progress, have appeared in The American Voice, Teacher & Writers, AGNI, Radical Pedagogy, Theory and Science, and in various anthologies. His co-translations with Danish poet Carsten Rene Nielsen, THE WORLD CUT OUT WITH CROOKED SCISSORS (New Issues Poetry & Prose), appeared in 2007.