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Author: Nathaniel Mackey
Publisher: New York : New Directions Book, 2006.
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Published in installments across several decades, Mackey's two epic series--one called Mu, the other Song of the Andoumboulou--bring the attitudes of free jazz and the reverberating patterns of West African ensemble music to the goals of the American encyclopedic long poem á la Charles Olson. The mysterious, even hermetic, new verse extends both of Mackey's epics, even (as his prose foreword explains) merging them,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Mackey
ISBN: 0811216527 9780811216524
OCLC Number: 62430834
Awards: National Book Award winner, Poetry, 2006.
Description: xvi, 126 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: I. Braid. 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 ..." --
(brayed) --
"It was a tale told many times over ..." --
II. Fray. 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 ..." --
III. Nub. 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 ..."
Responsibility: Nathaniel Mackey.
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Published in installments across several decades, Mackey's two epic series--one called Mu, the other Song of the Andoumboulou--bring the attitudes of free jazz and the reverberating patterns of West African ensemble music to the goals of the American encyclopedic long poem á la Charles Olson. The mysterious, even hermetic, new verse extends both of Mackey's epics, even (as his prose foreword explains) merging them, so that they form one enormous text describing a mystical quest. Mackey's figures seek the source of inspiration, and his dense stanzas track their uneven progress; "We" pursue it, by foot, train or boat, into realms of fable and myth, via chants, archival and esoteric references, portmanteau words and archeological research.

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