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Little Dividing Doors in the Mind

by Karla Kelsey


About the Author

Karla Kelsey received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Her recent work appears in Boston ReviewVerseFence, and The New Review of Literature. Karla Kelsey’s first full-length collection, Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary was selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2005 Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Iteration Nets (Ahsahta) and A Conjoined Book (Omnidawn). She edits & writes for the Constant Critic, and, with Aaron McCollough, co-directs SplitLevel Texts.  She has taught creative writing and American literature at the Eötvös Loránd University and at the Eötvös Collegium, both in Budapest, and specializes in poetry at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Little Dividing Doors in the Mind
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When Karla Kelsey refers to “curio cabinets” she, and the poem, are fully aware of the originary Latin curiosus,“full of care or pains,” which applies fully to this book, exquisite with detail and implication both: it is a collection of threatening energies controlled by a single voice, a voice both pained and pains taking. It asks continually, What is there to be careful of, to take pains about? And while we all know the answer is finally everything, it is crucial to understand the divisions between one thing and another—so this book reminds us.

Bin Ramke