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Eddings Lecture: Nathaniel Mackey: "Breath and Precarity”

“Breath and Precarity” addresses a confluence of black music and experimental poetics in the United States that arose during the post-World War II period, a confluence in which the salience and foregrounding of breath and breathing relate to precarious conditions on multiple, concurrent fronts. Ranging from Charles Olson to Eric Garner and Frantz Fanon, it touches on the work of such writers as Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, John Tchicai, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins and Roscoe Mitchell. Mackey's lecture looks retrospectively at a line of poetic and musical thought and performance that was important to his formative years as a writer, referencing his own work and, in particular, outlining the backdrop to a recent poem in his “Mu” series, “The Overghost Ourkestra’s Next,” with a reading of which it concludes.

Nathaniel Mackey is an American poet, novelist, anthologist, literary critic, and editor. He is the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and criticism and has received numerous awards for his work, including the National Book Award in poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the 2015 Bollingen Prize for Poetry. He is the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University and a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Psychology, Psy auditorium (Psy 105)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type

Lecture

Audience

Students, General Public

Departments

English

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Christa Helms

Christa Helms left a positive review 11/12/2016

Inspiring (haha) incorporation of breath to poetry and jazz, an interesting perspective for me, an actor