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Blue Fasa
by Nathaniel Mackey

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    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Paperback, 160 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780811224451
    Imprint: New Directions Publishing
    Publisher: New Directions Publishing
    Parent Company: New Directions Publishing
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    Book Description:
    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, carries forward what the New Yorker has described as the “mythological conception” and “descriptive daring” of his two intertwined serial poems. A long song that’s one and more than one, 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. The book 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 a truer sense of being and belonging.

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