A stellar new collection of poems by "the Balanchine of the architecture dance" (The New York Times), and winner of the National Book Award in poetry.
Nathaniel Mackey's sixth collection of poems, Blue Fasa, continues what the New Yorker has described as the "mythological conception" and "descriptive daring" of his two intertwined serial poems--where, however, "no prior knowledge is required" for readers new to this poet's visionary work. This collection takes its title from two related black musical traditions, a West African griot epic as told by the Fasa, a clan in ancient Ghana, and trumpeter Kenny Dorham's hard bop classic "Blue Bossa," influenced by the emergence of Brazilian bossa nova. In two sections Blue Fasa opens with the catch of the heart and the call of romance, as it follows a band of travelers, refugees from history, on their incessant migrations through time, place, and polity, toward renewal.
- 2015 Nathaniel Mackey
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