Poetry by Nathaniel Mackey
Our greatest living epic poet, (…) Mackey’s poetry and criticism (…) have reinvented modernism for our time.
—Laura Jaramillo, Indy
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.
—Michael Delong, Boston Review
Nothing short of astounding.
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.
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.
—Ruth Lilley Poetry Prize Citation
Mackey’s words go where music goes: a brilliant and major accomplishment.
—Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post
Nathaniel Mackey is a poet of ongoingness involved in a kind of spiritualist or cosmic pursuit.
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.