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Paracritical Hinge
Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews
Nathaniel Mackey

Contemporary North American Poetry

From Walt Whitman to Amiri Baraka

Highlighting Nathaniel Mackey's multifaceted work, this book embraces topics ranging from Walt Whitman's interest in phrenology to the marginalization of African American experiential writing; from Kamau Brathwaite's "calibanistic" language practices to Federico García Lorca's flamenco aesthetic of duende and its continuing repercussions; from H.D.'s desert measure and coastal way of knowing to the altered spatial disposition of Miles Davis's trumpet sound; from Robert Duncan's Vietnam War poetry to the emancipatory potential of collaborative practices; from serial poetics to diasporic syncretism; from the lyric poem's present-day predicaments to gnosticism. Offering illuminating commentary on these and other artists including Amiri Baraka, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Wilson Harris, Jack Spicer, John Coltrane, Jay Wright, and Bob Kaufman, Paracritical Hinge also sheds light on Mackey's own work as a poet, fiction writer, and editor.

Contemporary North American Poetry
Alan Golding, Adalaide Morris, and Lynn Keller, Series Editors

Nathaniel Mackey is professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of several books, including Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing.

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December 2004
LC: 2004012860 PS
312 pp. 6 x 9 2 illustrations

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ISBN 978-0-299-20404-4

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ISBN 978-0-299-20400-6
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