Our greatest living epic poet, (…) Mackey’s poetry and criticism (…) have reinvented modernism for our time.

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A stellar new collection of poems by “the Balanchine of the architecture dance” (The New York Times), and winner of the National Book Award in poetry

Blue Fasa

Poetry by Nathaniel Mackey

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Paperback (published May 5, 2015)

ISBN
9780811224451
Price US
16.95
Price CN
18.95
Page Count
160

Ebook (published May 5, 2015)

ISBN
9780811224468

Nathaniel Mackey

Contemporary American poet

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Our greatest living epic poet, (…) Mackey’s poetry and criticism (…) have reinvented modernism for our time.

Literary Hub

Blue Fasa asks what the lyric can give us, and answers in an immense and generous manner. In Mackey’s music, we viscerally feel the physicality of language as well as the history and feeling encoded in it. It would be a loss for contemporary poetry to forget that sensuous shuttle of syllables from tongue to sound wave.

—Laura Jaramillo, Indy

Nothing short of astounding.

—Michael Delong, Boston Review

The book is a collection of many poems that can also be treated as one epic poem. It follows several characters, who are on a journey of self-discovery, known as the philosophical posse.

—NPR

Remarkable erudition and singular lyric virtuosity.

Publishers Weekly

Nathan Mackey’s ongoing serial projects in poetry and prose over the past three and a half decades arrow among the great wonders of our literary moment.

—Poetry Foundation

Mackey’s words go where music goes: a brilliant and major accomplishment.

—Ruth Lilley Poetry Prize Citation

Nathaniel Mackey is a poet of ongoingness involved in a kind of spiritualist or cosmic pursuit.

—Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post

Nathaniel Mackey’s poetry ambitiously continues an American bardic line that unfolds from Leaves of Grass to Pound’s Cantos to H.D.’s Trilogy, winds through the whole of Robert Duncan’s work, and extends beyond all of these. Mackey’s own rare combinations create an astonishing and resounding effect: his words go where music goes: a brilliant and major accomplishment.

—Don Share