Kelen skillfully sutures together essays on poetry and writing, ranging from Freud’s hypotheses on day dreaming and Julia Kristeva’s Revolution in Poetic Language to cornerstone essays by poets such as Alexander Pope’s ruminations on the everyday and John Keats’ reflections on ‘negative capability’. The range of Kelen’s reference is impressive; his discussion may gesture to Mallarmé, Blake or C. Day Lewis within a couple of pages. He also combines his considerations of philosophical discourse and poetics in tandem with close readings of a range of individual poets, for example Gary Snyder, William Wordsworth, Osip Mandelstam, Archibald MacLeish, Miklós Radnóti or Sándor Weöres. (pp. 168-169)The article is available here.
Christopher (Kit) Kelen's poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.