Mackey is a sure and skilled and authoritative composer / compositor…The workings of his words indicate an uncontestable care and loving respect for the most subtle and resonant nuances of language.

African American Review

In a stunning new collection of poems of transport and transcendence, African-American poet Nathaniel Mackey’s asthmatic song of aspiration scuttles across cultures and histories—from America to Andalucía, from Ethiopia to Vienna—in a sexy, beautiful adaptive dance.

Splay Anthem

Fiction by Nathaniel Mackey

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Paperback (published May 1, 2006)

ISBN
9780811216524
Price US
15.95
Price CN
21
Trim Size
6x9
Page Count
112

Nathaniel Mackey

Contemporary American poet

Mackey is a sure and skilled and authoritative composer / compositor…The workings of his words indicate an uncontestable care and loving respect for the most subtle and resonant nuances of language.

African American Review

Mackey’s rampant alliteration and his reconfiguration of words on the phonemic and morphemic level create a sonic atmosphere that enacts a state of jazz.

Boston Review

Mackey’s writing (much like the best of Ornette Coleman or country blues) rewards close reading with resonances of real experience.

The Village Voice

… a mesmerizing unfolding of language as mus(e)ical thinking.

The Believer