Splay Anthem

ISBN-10: 0811216527

ISBN-13: 9780811216524

Edition: 2006

Authors: Nathaniel Mackey

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In 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 Andalucía, 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 Miró 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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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Nathaniel Mackey, recipient of a 1993 Whiting Writers' Award, is the author of Eroding Witness (1985), School of Udhra (1993), Whatsaid Serif (1998), Bedouin Hornbook (1986), and Djbot Baghosus's Run (1993), as well as Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (1993). He teaches literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Andoumboulouous brush
Beginning with lines by Anwar Naguib
"He and she sat stacked row on ..."
"Manipulable hope turned endless ..."
Spectral escort
Lag anthem
"Newly arrived : arrayed in ..."
Song of the Andoumboulou : 40
"Dark wintry room they lay shivering ..."
Eye on the scarecrow
Song of the Andoumboulou : 42
"So that B'Head called hard rock pillow, ..."
"Premature rebirth, fake book of the ..."
Go left out of Shantiville
Song of the Andoumboulou : 44
"A region of hills it was we came ..."
"Others called it namesake serenade, ..."
"A thorn caught in the horn's ..."
"It was a night nowhere near where ..."
Glenn on monk's mountain
Song of the Andoumboulou : 46
"Prodigal rift an aroused we tossed ..."
"It was a tale told many times over, ..."
Sound and semblance
Song of the Andoumboulou : 48
"B'Hest had hold of us, no ..."
"Sat elbows-to-knees on the sidewalk, ..."
"Udhrite arrest echoed Udhrite ..."
On antiphon island
Song of the Andoumboulou : 50
"Tore the earth and tore the air ..."
Song of the Andoumboulou : 51
"And so withstood it : stood, insofar as ..."
"To ride was a well gone to too often, a ..."
Song of the Andoumboulou : 52
"Lift and being lowered he meant by ..."
"Brusque encumbrance unaccounted ..."
Sound and sentience
Sigh of the Moor
"Sought their shadows in heaven, ..."
"It wasn't that all things pass, ..."
Song of the Andoumboulou : 55
Song of the Andoumboulou : 56
"Dried up if so much as looked at, dreamtime ..."
"Abstract canvas, earth tones notwithstanding ..."
"A worked awkwardness ran us over. 'We ...'"
Dread lakes aperture
"On a lit canvas what could've been ..."
Song of the Andoumboulou : 58
"Wrung water from a sawed-off branch, ..."
"What of us wouldn't carry caught ..."
Sound and cerement
"It was getting to be the end again, ..."
Song of the Andoumboulou : 60
"A first unfallen church of what might've ..."
"Nub no longer stood but lay and we ..."
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