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School of Udhra - Nathaniel Mackey

Paperback Published: 1st July 1993
ISBN: 9780872862784
Number Of Pages: 144

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Poetry. SCHOOL OF UDHRA takes its title from the Bedouin poetic tradition associated with the seventh century Arab poet Djamil, the Udhrite school of poets who, "when loving die." Bedouin tradition, however, is only one of the strands of world revery these poems have recourse to. They obey a "Bedouin" impulse of their own - fugitive, moving on, nomadic. Ogo the fox, the Dogon avatar of singleness and unrest, runs throughout, crossing and recrossing divided ground, primal isolate, insistent within the book's crosscultural weave. The poems track variances of union and disunion - social, sexual, mystic, mythic - both formally and in their content. They return rhapsody to its root sense: stitching together. Threads ranging through ancient Egypt, shamanic Siberia, Rastafarian Jamaica, and elsewhere figure in, inflected by conjunctive and disjunctive cadences inspired by jazz, Gnaoua trance chant, cante jondo, and other musics.

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"Day one stood erect, arthritic, Ache. . ."p. 17
"Day two's bright bed of attraction. Unsnuffed. . ."p. 18
"Day three fell away in fragments. . . ."p. 19
"Day six. Lidless eater of raw meat, day. . ."p. 20
Melinp. 23
Irritable Mysticp. 25
"Nut's belly bloated with stars. . ."p. 28
Knotted Highnessp. 29
Degree Fourp. 32
Sweet Mystic Beastp. 34
Amma Seru's Hammer's Heated Fallp. 38
"Abstract. . ."p. 41
"Sweet. . ."p. 42
Alphabet of Ahttp. 43
"To've been there as they. . ."p. 45
"Spent. . ."p. 46
"Synchronous flavor. Mendicant. . ."p. 47
"Awoke stranded on the island of. . ."p. 48
Out Islandp. 49
"Thinking then. . ."p. 53
Wizard of Oughtp. 57
"Thought of his brother. . ."p. 62
"Each thing its due the ostensible. . ."p. 63
Tonu Soyp. 64
"Far spot of warmth we remembered. . . ."p. 69
"Where the would-be City squeezes blood. . ."p. 70
Aspic Surmisep. 71
"So incensed. . ."p. 72
"Theirs though there we. . ."p. 75
"They the receding we we might've. . ."p. 78
Far Overp. 79
"Blue loop it turned out. . ."p. 83
"Gave Ttha. . ."p. 84
"Then during our descent. . ."p. 85
Slipped Quadrantp. 86
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ISBN: 9780872862784
ISBN-10: 087286278X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st July 1993
Publisher: City Lights Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16

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