Praise for David Keplinger's The Most Natural Thing

“His prose is so well-crafted and compact that you’d think they wrote themselves into the world—that they were born complete and right on their due date, with no complications …Keplinger’s collection is stunning and visceral.”

-The Rumpus

"David Keplinger's fourth book, The Most Natural Thing, exhibits the subtlety of vision and striking effects that accomplished prose poetry can achieve...What one notices immediately about the their strong spiritual foundation and dispassionate but sympathetic narrative voice. Both features mesh surprisingly well with the poems' artful juxtapositions of humor and reflection, memory and fantasy, history and myth, loss and delight."

-Poet Lore

"Evocative and haunting, The Most Natural Thing is a meditation on memory and the body and desire. It is, for the most part, a very quiet book that relies less on big stunning moments than small details…The fact that there is so much movement between the poems and across the book is remarkable.”

-The Fiddleback

“[The Most Natural Thing] pronounces itself as an extremely important and potentially influencial new work...Keplinger is engaged in an inquisitive and profound conversation with the reader. When I arrived at the last poem in the book, I turned back to the beginning, because it is an impossible conversation to end."

-American Literary Review


Keplinger's poems, by juxtaposing such disintegration or failure to an integrated aesthetic that does not fail…ultimately [succeed] at precisely those moments where they take the most risk. The Most Natural Thing is a tender, graceful, and profound meditation on the ways in which we experience our bodies in the world; shuttling expertly between the narrative and the lyric, the ordinary and the wild, the book asks us to envision the body as that lived intersection between, as Keplinger would have it, the natural and the natural.”


"...somehow this clever magical poet’s fervor brings to the page a splendor of humanism— the extension of wit, delight and cynicism. He’s at the top of the heap of the originals. When I finished reading, I said what would become of us without them."

-Washington Independent Review of Books


Praise for David Keplinger's The Prayers of Others

“The question is less whether Keplinger benefits from the prose poem than whether prose poetry benefits from Keplinger—a question The Prayers of Others answers with a resounding yes.”

 -The American Book Review