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Poet and novelist Nathaniel Mackey
Nathaniel Mackey
works in the open form of New American Poets such as Amiri Baraka, Robert Duncan, and Charles Olson. For Mackey the poetry and music of many cultures are closely intertwined. A noted scholar of jazz, African, Latin American, and Caribbean mythologies and histories, the ritual energies of these cultures inform his poetry, which question boundaries and enact a correspondence across these cultures—denying codifications of what it means to be a writer.



excerpted from Song of the Andoumboulou: 26
in Whatsaid Serif

Nathaniel Mackey
    Nastic swell.Gnostic dispatch.
    Stripped limbs would be arms and
 legs were wood water, mixed
         metamorphic flow. Leafless
      book,
 blank watery pages,
 there
   to be written on if he
     could...
 Champagne would be sea-foam,
 green grapes nominal white,
   white roses mean what white
     roses mean, this the
 what-sayer's
    ta'wil... They would be we,
     twinless,
 bane he bore witness to.
 Grain of sand and of salt
     mechanical twinship
   overlooked... Gremlin.
 Luddite
 ghost




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