By (author) Nathaniel Mackey
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Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey
Book DescriptionIn a stunning new collection of poems of transport and transcendence, African-American poet Nathaniel Mackey's "asthmatic song of aspiration" scuttles across cultures and historiesfrom America to Andalucia, from Ethiopia to Viennain a sexy, beautiful adaptive dance. Part antiphonal rant, part rhythmic whisper, Nathaniel Mackey's new collection of poems, Splay Anthem, takes the reader to uncharted poetic spaces. Divided into three sections"Braid," "Fray," and "Nub" (one referent Mackey notes in his stellar Introduction: "the imperial, flailing republic of Nub the United States has become, the shrunken place the earth has become, planet Nub")Splay Anthem weaves together two ongoing serial poems Mackey has been writing for over twenty years, Song of the Andoumboulou and "Mu" (though "mu no more itself / than Andoumboulou"). In the cosmology of the Dogon of West Africa, the Andoumboulou are progenitor spirits, and the song of the Andoumboulou is a song addressed to the spirits, a funeral song, a song of rebirth. "Mu," too, splays with meaning: muni bird, Greek muthos, a Sun Ra tune, a continent once thought to have existed in the Pacific. With the vibrancy of a Mira painting, Mackey's poems trace the lost tribe of "we" through waking and dreamtime, through a multitude of geographies, cultures, histories, and musical traditions, as poetry here serves as the intersection of everything, myth's music, spirit lift.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780811216524
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 8-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nathaniel Mackey
Blue Fasa, Paperback (May 2015)
A stellar new collection of poems by "the Balanchine of the architecture dance" (The New York Times), and winner of the National Book Award in poetry.
Nod House, Paperback (January 2012)
A stellar new collection of poems by "the Balanchine of the architecture dance" (The New York Times) and winner of the 2006 National Book Award in poetry.
From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, Paperback (June 2010)
The great American jazz novel of "such exquisite rhythmic lyricism" (Bookforum) by National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Mackey.
Discrepant Engagement, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Nathaniel Mackey
Discrepant Engagement addresses work by black writers from the United States and the Caribbean and the so-called Black Mountain poets.
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Author Biography - Nathaniel Mackey
Nathaniel Mackey (b. 1942), is the author of books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, editor of the Literary Jounal Hambone, and radio show host. His collection, Splay Anthem, won the 2006 National Book Award for Poetry. He is also on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, and is Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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