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Nathaniel Mackey recites his poem “As If It Were ‘This is Our Music’” from his “Mu” series of poems, named after Don Cherry’s albums “Mu” First Part,” and “Mu” Second Part.

Performed and recorded July 7, 2015 for Vision Festival 20 at Judson Memorial Church, NYC.

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Poet and novelist Nathaniel Mackey was born in 1947 in Miami, Florida. He received a BA degree from Princeton University and a PhD from Stanford University.
His books of poetry include Eroding Witness (Selva Oscura Press, 2018), Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015), Nod House (New Directions, 2011); Splay Anthem (New Directions, 2006), which won the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry; Eroding Witness (University of Illinois Press, 1985), which was selected for the National Poetry Series; and Four for Trane (Golemics, 1978).
He is also the author of an ongoing prose work, From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, of which four volumes have been published: Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008), Atet A. D. (City Lights, 2001), Djbot Baghostus's Run (Sun & Moon Press, 1993), and Bedouin Hornbook (University of Kentucky Press, 1986), the first three of which are collected in From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3 (New Directions, 2010)

Also a critic and literary theorist, Mackey is the author of Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (Cambridge University Press, 1993). With Carolyn Kizer, John Hollander, Robert Hass, and Marjorie Perloff, he is a coeditor of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century (Library of America, 2000), and with Art Lange, of Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993). He also edits the magazine Hambone. In 1995, Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a compact disc recording of poems read with musical accompaniment, was released.

Nathaniel Mackey has received numerous awards including a Whiting Writer’s Award and a 2010 Guggenheim fellowship. He is the Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke University and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. Mackey currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Sound by Stephen Schmidt.

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