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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