Join us and our friends at City Lights to celebrate the launch of of Nathaniel Mackey’s latest, epic, limited edition box set poetry collection with Nathaniel Mackey and Fred Moten.
Event link here: http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=3798
6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET. This virtual event will be held on Zoom.
“Over the years, Mackey’s two works have intertwined into what he calls ‘the long song,’ recounting the travels of a band of refugees, a ‘philosophic posse’ exiled somewhere outside of history as we understand it. The destination or substance of their wanderings—the surreal moments when they cross paths with a description of Eric Dolphy’s clarinet, an imaginary tune about Eric Garner, the view from a slaver’s ship, or a nineteen-eighties military campaign—matters less than the sensations and mystical visions they gather along the way. They are constantly starting over, discovering worlds within their worlds. Their journeys don’t tell a story so much as they map a kind of alternative history of humankind…. Mackey’s poetry is like an archive of all that the world forgot, what might have been had humans resisted the desire to enslave and colonize one another.” —Hua Hsu, New Yorker
Fred Moten works in the Department of Performance Studies in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is interested in social movement, aesthetic experiment and black study. Moten is part of the Harris Moten Quartet, Moved by the Motion, Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective, the Institute for Physical Sociology, the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy, and the Exodus Reading Group; and he has worked with Arika, Renee Gladman, Zun Lee, Jennie C. Jones, Renée Green, George Lewis, Harmony Holiday, and Gerald Cleaver & Brandon Lopez, among many others. Moten’s latest book, written with Stefano Harney, is All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2021).