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Mackey, Nathaniel 1947-

Works: 93 works in 199 publications in 1 language and 5,962 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Musical fiction  Epistolary fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History  Biography  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Interviewee, Signer, Other, Performer
Classifications: PS3563.A3166, 811.54
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Publications about Nathaniel Mackey
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Most widely held works by Nathaniel Mackey
Splay anthem by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 855 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
Discrepant engagement : dissonance, cross-culturality, and experimental writing by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 444 libraries worldwide
Discrepant Engagement addresses work by a number of authors not normally grouped under a common rubric - black writers from the United States and the Caribbean and the so-called Black Mountain poets: Amiri Baraka, Clarence Major, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Wilson Harris, and others. Nathaniel Mackey examines the ways in which the experimental aspects of their work advance a critique of the assumptions that underlie conventional perceptions and practice. Mackey, arguing that the work of these writers engages the discrepancy between presumed norms and qualities of experience that such norms fail to accommodate, highlights their valorization of dissonance, divergence, and formal disruption. He advances a cross-cultural mix that is uncommon in studies of experimental writing, frequently bringing the works and ideas of the authors it addresses into dialogue and juxtaposition with one another. And he shows that parallels, counterpoint, and relevance to one another exist among writers otherwise separated by ethnic and regional boundaries
Moment's notice : jazz in poetry & prose ( Book )
7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 434 libraries worldwide
Bass cathedral by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 372 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 )
12 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 331 libraries worldwide
"[Book title] glows with the elemental light of "secret things" from African ceremonial rituals and wisdom. A book of initiation and ancient prophecy, it reverberates with mythic and ancestral names -- Osiris, Isis, Anubis, Ghede, the Andoumboulou, the Nommo, Ogotemmêli -- spirits [author] invokes in meditations on his own life and on the lives and work of John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Don Cherry, and others."--Back cover
Nod house by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 293 libraries worldwide
Presents poetry by Nathaniel Mackey
Blue Fasa by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
Nathaniel Mackey's sixth collection of poems, Blue Fasa, carries forward what the New Yorker has described as the "mythological conception" and "descriptive daring" of his two intertwined serial poems. A long song that's one and more than one, this collection takes its title from two related black musical traditions, a West African griot epic as told by the Fasa, a clan in ancient Ghana, and trumpeter Kenny Dorham's hard bop classic "Blue Bossa," influenced by the emergence of Brazilian bossa nova. The book opens with the catch of the heart and the call of romance, as it follows a band of travelers, refugees from history, on their incessant migrations through time, place, and polity toward a truer sense of being and belonging
School of Udhra by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
14 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 204 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 )
11 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 198 libraries worldwide
Atet, A.D. by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 189 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
Bedouin hornbook by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Djbot Baghostus's run by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 117 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 )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 109 libraries worldwide
"[Book title] is a lifelong epistolary novel that unfolds through N.'s intimate letters to the mysterious Angel of Dust. Unexpected, profound happenings occur as N. delves into music and art and the goings-on of his transmorphic Los Angeles-based jazz ensemble, in which he is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. The story opens in July 1978 with a dream of a haunting Archie Shepp solo, and closes in September 1982 on a glass-bottomed boat borne aloft by the music."--Back cover
Late arcade by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 103 libraries worldwide
"Nathaniel Mackey's Late Arcade opens in Los Angeles on September 14, 1983. A musician known as N. writes the first of a series of letters to the enigmatic Angel of Dust. N. is a part of the jazz sextet Molimo m'Atet, which has just rehearsed a new tune composed by fellow band member Djamilaa. Horn players Lambert and Penjuin read a chapter from the Egyptian Book of the Dead with lips clothespinned shut as N. on trumpet, Djamilaa on synthesizer, Aunt Nancy on bass, and Drennette on bongos and conga mingle with strut and struff in a cosmic hymn to the sun god Ra. N.'s epistolary narration follows the musical goings-on of the ensemble as they play gigs around Los Angeles, as well as in Santa Cruz and Detroit. N. suffers from what he calls "cowrie shell attacks" and is possessed by a figure named Dredj, who turns into a conduit for dreams. Balloons appear as the musicians perform. One balloon materializes in bed between Dredj and Djamilaa, bearing a message of a late arcade, a mall with its roof blown off and music in Dredj's ear that keeps him wandering from booth to booth all night. The balloons follow Drennette home, and she and Penguin become bound by a deep secret. Is this what love's late arcade has to offer? Will it last longer than captured breath?"--Page 4 of cover
Conversations with Nathaniel Mackey by Kamau Brathwaite( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
Arranging Nature by Paul Naylor( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Bedouin hornbook by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
Four for Glenn by Nathaniel Mackey( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 37 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
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Alternative Names
MacKey, Nathaniel 1947-
Mackey, Nathaniel Ernest 1947-
Nathaniel Mackey American writer
Nathaniel Mackey écrivain américain
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