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 is author of three books of poetry: A Conjoined Book, ITERATION NETS (Ahsahta Press, 2010), and KNOWLEDGE, FORMS, THE AVIARY (Ahsahta Press, 2006). She edits and writes for the Constant Critic and, with Aaron McCollough, co-publishes SplitLevel Texts. She teaches at Susquehanna University.Author City: SUSQUEHANNA VAL, PA USA