Poetry. Karla Kelsey begins with the sonnet—fourteen lines (usually!) that she's appropriated from a variety of sources, homophonically echoed, and playfully assembled. She then explodes each sonnet into a voluptuous prose poem, later erasing that into a sinuous, open lyric line. The aim of the book is not to execute a plan or fulfill a form, but to generate new modes of inhabiting a poem. The result is a work of lyrical constraint and romantic conceptualism.
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Karla Kelsey's first book, KNOWLEDGE, FORMS, THE AVIARY, was selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. The book was published by Ahsahta Press in 2006. She is also author of the chapbooks Little Dividing Doors in the Mind (Noemi Press) and Three Movements (Pilot Press). She has been awarded a Fulbright to teach in Budapest in 2011 and is on the creative writing faculty at Susquehanna University. Author City: SELINSGROVE, PA USA