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Mackey, Nathaniel 1947-

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Works: 73 works in 154 publications in 1 language and 5,245 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Musical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Poetry  History  Biography  Bibliography 
Roles: Narrator, Interviewee, Editor, Signer, Performer
Classifications: PS3563.A3166, 811.53
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Publications by Nathaniel Mackey
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Splay anthem by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 871 libraries worldwide
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
Moment's notice : jazz in poetry & prose ( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 429 libraries worldwide
Discrepant engagement : dissonance, cross-culturality, and experimental writing by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 427 libraries worldwide
Bass cathedral by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
"Los Angeles, October 1982: Molimo m'Atet, formerly known as The Mystic Horn Society, is preparing to release its new album, Orphic Bend. The members of the jazz ensembleAunt Nancy, Djamilaa, Drennette, Lambert, N., and Penguin - are witness to a strange occurrence: While listening to their test pressing, the moment Aunt Nancy's bass solo begins, they all see a balloon emerge from the vinyl, bearing the mysterious message - I dreamt you were gone ... Through letters N. writes to a figure called Angel of Dust, this ever-mutating story unfolds, leaving no musician or reader untouched." "Bass Cathedral is the fourth book of Mackey's ongoing novel with no beginning or end, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate. Thought balloons morph into mutestereopric emanations, N. encounters a master mouthpiecemaker; Drennette leaves Penguin dateless as the Mayan Uayeb (the five "nameless" days in the Mayan Calendar); Lambert's kicking it around with Melanie - much is abuzz but something else is happening to the ensemble. The music seems to be living them. N. suffers cowrie shell attacks and they are all stranded on an Orphic Shore. Political forces are at play or has this always been the essence and accident of the music's resilience? And Hotel Didjeridoo must be resurrected, but how?"--Jacket
Eroding witness : poems by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
9 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and held by 382 libraries worldwide
Nod house by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 279 libraries worldwide
Presents poetry by Nathaniel Mackey
School of Udhra by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
11 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and held by 239 libraries worldwide
The poems track variances of union and disunion- social, sexual, mystic, mythic- both formally and in their content. They return rhapsody to its root sense: stitching together. Threads ranging through ancient Egypt, shamanic Siberia, Rastafarian Jamaica, and elsewhere figure in, inflected by conjunctive and disjunctive cadences inspired by jazz, Gnaoua trance-chant, cante jondo, and other musics
Whatsaid Serif by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
Bedouin hornbook by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
8 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 204 libraries worldwide
Atet, A.D. by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 191 libraries worldwide
"Atet A.D. is the third volume of Nathaniel Mackey's ongoing epistolary fiction, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate. Like the first two volumes, Bedouin Hornbook and Djbot Baghostus's Run, this work is written by the composer/multi-instrumentalist N., a founding member of a band formerly known as the Mystic Horn Society." "The letters in Atet A.D. span a seven-month period beginning shortly after Thelonious Monk's death and culminating in the band recording their first album on John Coltrane's birthday. Rendered in N.'s distinctive mix of discursive registers, they chronicle and meditate upon, among other events, Penguin's return from seclusion, N.'s recurring cowrie shell attacks, the band's adoption of a new name, and their being beset, beginning with a gig in Seattle, by a new, perplexing twist in their expressive powers."--Jacket
Djbot Baghostus's run by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
Djbot Baghosthus's Run is centered, in part, on the band's search for a new drummer. But this search, which begins with a revolution among the women of the group, and ends in a series of remarkable coincidences and eerie transcendental experiences, is also a search for everything that art (music and writing in this case) is and serves as an emblem for. Each letter spans an extraordinary range of voices and discourses, from philosophical to folkloric to erotic - with music always the connecting thread. Jazz for Mackey clearly is a cosmological and spiritual experience, on which signifies all those possibilities that lie beyond N.'s improvisations of a saxophone riff. At every level, intellectual, spiritual, sexual, and just plain gut, Djbot Baghosthus's Run is a masterwork of contemporary storytelling, a wonder that will haunt the emotions and arouse the intellect
From a broken bottle traces of perfume still emanate by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
Conversations with Nathaniel Mackey by Kamau Brathwaite( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
Arranging Nature by Paul Naylor( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Four for Glenn by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Song of the Andoumboulou, 18-20 by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Septet for the end of time by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Outlantish : "mu" fourth part--eleventh part by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Strick song of the Andoumboulou, 16-25 by Nathaniel Mackey( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Four for Trane : poems by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
MacKey, Nathaniel 1947-
Mackey, Nathaniel Ernest 1947-
Languages
English (104)
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