Abstract Magazine International | Spring by Karol Nielsen
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Spring by Karol Nielsen

27 Mar 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Fish in Open Currents by Tobias Oggenfuss


Spring is a tomboy all done up,
an amazon and a unicorn intertwined,
the reward after winter’s test,
a fragile beauty in the end.

About the author: 

Karol Nielsen is author of the memoir, Black Elephants (Bison Books, 2011), and the poetry chapbook, This Woman I Thought I’d Be (Finishing Line Press, 2012). My memoir was selected as a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets and Writers in 2011 and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in nonfiction in 2012. Excerpts were honored as notable essays in The Best American Essays in 2005 and 2010. My poetry collection was a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 2007. My work has appeared in the anthology, The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-changing Stories from 125 Artists and Writers Famous and Obscure (Harper Perennial, 2012) and many publications, including Epiphany, Guernica, Lumina, North Dakota Quarterly, Old Red Kimono, Permafrost, RiverSedge, Smith, Used Furniture Review, Women’s Voices for Change, and Woodstock Poetry Society. As a journalist, I contributed to Thomson Reuters and Jane’s magazines as a staff writer and editor, New York Newsday and the Stamford Advocate’s op-ed page as a freelance writer, the New York Times as a stringer, and others. I have served as senior editor of Epiphany, an award-winning literary magazine. I am a freelance writer and editor who has taught memoir writing at New York Writers Workshop and New York University. I can be reached at karolnyc@hotmail.com.

Art: Fish in Open Currents by Tobias Oggenfuss, @dto.oggenfuss

In the artist’s words:

Tobias Oggenfuss is an artist in movement, metaphorically as well as physically, as he explores the kinetics of the world around himself. In effect, Oggenfuss is an integral part of the overall perpetual motion of atoms and electrons, the not so linear photons that reveal our world and universe. 

His images seemingly capture Earth’s rotation and that of the cosmos in a surrealist fashion, the deconstruction of our perceived environment and the challenging of our visual perception. 

Oggenfuss challenges the banal, thrusts the viewer into a warped reality that actually exists within our experiential comprehension and experiences; he questions and exposes our limitations: he reveals the known. But with the added questioning of the existing kinetics of known and non-charged particles, Oggenfuss simply creates reality-based representations of the ever-present surrealism that escapes us due to cultural experiences and precepts. 


IG: dto.oggenfuss

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