Splay Anthem

Splay Anthem

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Author/Contributor(s): Mackey, Nathaniel
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Date: 05/17/2006
Binding: Paperback. 112p.
Condition: NEW
Part antiphonal rant, part rhythmic whisper, Nathaniel Mackey's new collection of poems, Splay Anthem, takes the reader to uncharted poetic spaces. Divided into three sections--Braid, Fray, and Nub (one referent Mackey notes in his stellar Introduction: the imperial, flailing republic of Nub the United States has become, the shrunken place the earth has become, planet Nub)--Splay Anthem weaves together two ongoing serial poems Mackey has been writing for over twenty years, Song of the Andoumboulou and Mu (though Mu no more itself / than Andoumboulou).

In the cosmology of the Dogon of West Africa, the Andoumboulou are progenitor spirits, and the song of the Andoumboulou is a song addressed to the spirits, a funeral song, a song of rebirth. Mu, too, splays with meaning: muni bird, Greek muthos, a Sun Ra tune, a continent once thought to have existed in the Pacific. With the vibrancy of a Mira painting, Mackey's poems trace the lost tribe of we through waking and dreamtime, through a multitude of geographies, cultures, histories, and musical traditions, as poetry here serves as the intersection of everything, myth's music, spirit lift.