"A.L. Nielsen’s new volume of poetry resonates with the sounds of new and familiar themes, bridging uncertain times with constantly renewed hopes in poetic language."— Jean-Philippe Marcoux.
“The quirky and witty imagination at work in these poems brings to light a linguistic world full of the delightful turns of day-to-day speech, structured within a poetics that foregrounds the phrase as a unit of measure and syntactical syncopation as a measure of rhythm. A.L. Nielsen’s verse operates across a range of cultural, musical, and social reference— sometimes within a single poem—that is often astonishing. At a time when work that explores the nexus of the personal, the sociopolitical, and the cultural sometimes results in dour, moralistic self-righteousness and virtue testing, it’s delightful to read poetry like Nielsen’s, which is at once keyed to the peculiarities of our time while being so much fun to read.” —Geoffrey Jacques
Excerpt @ Heat String Theory
A.L. Nielsen was first a foundling in a furrow just this side of a shelter belt farmers had planted to keep Nebraska from blowing away. Some days following the Grand Island Harvest Day Parade, which Nielsen had mistakenly taken to be held in his honor, he joined his family, sheltering in the shadow of Pike's Peak. Finding the air there a bit thin, he and his family removed to the greater Washington D.C. area, where massive quantities of inhaled tear gas over the subsequent years no doubt determined his aesthetic direction. Nielsen's most recent books are: The Inside Songs of Amiri Baraka, Back Pages: Selected Poems, and Sufferhead.