By Nathaniel Mackey
A stellar new choice of poems via "the Balanchine of the structure dance" (The long island Times), and winner of the nationwide booklet Award in poetry.Nathaniel Mackey's 6th choice of poems, Blue Fasa, keeps what the hot Yorker has defined because the "mythological conception" and "descriptive daring" of his intertwined serial poems—where, in spite of the fact that, "no earlier wisdom is required" for readers new to this poet's visionary paintings. This assortment takes its name from similar black musical traditions, a West African griot epic as instructed by way of the Fasa, a extended family in historic Ghana, and trumpeter Kenny Dorham's demanding bop vintage "Blue Bossa," stimulated by way of the emergence of Brazilian bossa nova. In sections Blue Fasa opens with the seize of the guts and the decision of romance, because it follows a band of tourists, refugees from historical past, on their incessant migrations via time, position, and polity, towards renewal.
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WT: I mean your conversational speech. JS: Oh, I see. WT: Not the poems, but just when you lay back, give birth . . JS: Well, I can't bear the thought of that. Laughter] WT: Okay. (Laughter] Di,: Could 1 ask how this concept of the City of God — the various definite metaphors that arc there —how you came to sec them? Did you see them as the poem was being written? JS: I tried not to. When I'm writing a poem, I always try not to see the connections. " And the next poem had "Taught. As a wire. .
You're right, George, that it goes too fast really, when reading, to do it. But the kinds of things which are picked up are of interest to the poet The things where the mind stops and the contradictions develop. GB: I think it's also because I have a hell of a time with abstract words. I have a hard time with abstract things, you know, like an imagined dog instead of a real clog, or a dog I sec, a saw-with-my-cye clog. And then I have a further difficulty with abstract words. Dictation and "A Textbook of Poetry" 21 JS: Yes.
Now language is a more complicated thing, but at the same time, it is a structure. It hasn't yet been scientifically described, and it's doubtful if any two people have the same language. I'm now speaking as a professional linguist and not as a poet. And it seems to me that it simply is another layer of stuff that the Martians have to penetrate and have to work with. Please don't get me wrong. Martian is just a word for X, you know. I am not saying that little green men are coming in saucers and going into my bedroom and helping me write poetry.
Blue Fasa by Nathaniel Mackey