Orphic Bend

Orphic Bend

Working along this radical Orphic bend, Nathaniel Mackey has forged a singular career that limns the relationship between poetry and music, establishing an oeuvre of critical and creative work that variously explores and enacts the ...

Author: Robert L. Zamsky

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817360146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

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Restages fundamental debates about the relationship between poetry and music Orphic Bend: Music and Innovative Poetics explores the impact of music on recent pioneering literary practices in the United States. Adopting the myth of Orpheus as its framework, Robert L. Zamsky argues that works by Charles Bernstein, Robert Creeley, John Taggart, Tracie Morris, and Nathaniel Mackey restage ancient debates over the relationship between poetry and music even as they develop work that often sharply diverges from traditional literary forms. Opening each chapter with a consideration of the orphic roots of lyric, Zamsky integrates contemporary debates over the prospects and limitations of humanism, the meaningfulness of gesture and performance, and the nature of knowledge with the poetics of the writers under consideration, grounding his analysis in close readings of their work. The myth of Orpheus is used as a lens throughout the book, its different facets illuminating sometimes dramatically different aspects of the shared framework of poetry and music. In the case of Bernstein, for instance, Zamsky highlights Ezra Pound’s meditations on the relationship between poetry and music (the ground upon which Pound seeks to recapture the lost possibilities of the Renaissance) and Bernstein’s incisive critique of Pound. For her part, Morris emphasizes the performative power of spoken language, foregrounding the fact that all spoken language bears cultural, communal, and personal marks of the speaker, improving an ensemble self even within the most elemental features of language. Meanwhile, in Mackey’s work, the orphic voice of the poet powerfully reaches toward an order of knowledge in which poetry and music are nearly indecipherable from one another. In this sense, music and the musicality of poetic language are the gateways for Mackey’s Gnosticism, the mechanisms of initiation into a realm, not of secrets to be learned, but of visionary knowing that continuously unfolds. The text explores a range of musical influences on the writers under consideration, from opera to different iterations of jazz, and underscores the variety of ways in which music informs their work. Many of these writers effectively present a theory of music in their invocations of it as an inspiration for, or as an analog to, poetic practice. Zamsky’s focus on poetry and music echoes important interdisciplinary studies on literary modernism, a period for which the importance of music to literary practice is well established and extends that discussion to the contemporary context. In doing so, Orphic Bend provides an important opportunity to consider both the specific legacy of modernism, and to situate contemporary writers in broader historical contexts.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Bass Cathedral

Bass Cathedral

Even though they told themselves they weren't there to check on how Orphic Bend was doing ( and , to prove it , avoided the M's in both the new and the used bins ) , they both gradually worked their way over to the new releases racks ...

Author: Nathaniel Mackey

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811217205

Category: Fiction

Page: 183

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On the eve of a 1982 L.A. jazz ensemble's latest album release, its members receive a mysterious otherworldly message that sparks a series of letters documenting subsequent life-changing events. By the National Book Award-winning author of Splay Anthem. Original.
Categories: Fiction

Diasporic Avant Gardes

Diasporic Avant Gardes

I write instead to say that there continue to be balloon sightings among lis- teners to Orphic Bend. We continue to get word that balloons rise from the record's surface, albeit there continues to be no pattern (none that anyone, ...

Author: C. Noland

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137087515

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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Diasporic Avant-Gardes draws into dialogue two differing traditions of poetic practice: the diasporic and the avant-garde. This interdisciplinary collection examines the unacknowledged affinities (and crucial differences) between avant-garde and diasporic formal strategies and social formations. The essays foreground the creation of experimental forms and investigate the specific contexts of cultural displacement and language use that inform their poetics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Late Arcade

Late Arcade

Frank (their names were Frank and Renée) said he listens to Orphic Bend while he paints, that it's become for him what Kind of Blue was for painters during the sixties. He said he's in fact working on a painting called “Orphic Bend” and ...

Author: Nathaniel Mackey

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811226615

Category: Poetry

Page: 224

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A new volume of the singular, ongoing, great American jazz novel Nathaniel Mackey’s Late Arcade opens in Los Angeles. A musician known only as N. writes the first of a series of letters to the enigmatic Angel of Dust. N.’s jazz sextet, Molimo m’Atet, has just rehearsed a new tune: the horn players read from The Egyptian Book of the Dead with lips clothespinned shut, while the rest of the band struts and saunters in a cosmic hymn to the sun god Ra. N. ends this breathless session by sending the Angel of Dust a cassette tape of their rehearsal. Over the next nine months, N.’s epistolary narration follows the musical goings-on of the ensemble. N. suffers from what he calls “cowrie shell at- tacks”—oil spills, N.’s memory of his mother’s melancholy musical Sundays— which all becomes the source of fresh artistic invention. Here is the newest installment of the National Book Award-winner Nathaniel Mackey’s From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, the great American jazz novel of “exquisite rhythmic lyricism” (Bookforum).
Categories: Poetry

Atet A D

Atet A D

Indeed , no - look obliquity blessed us with a prescient , post - optic aptitude in Orphic disguise , Orphic bind borne as roundabout reprieve . Hence the title we've decided on for the album , Orphic Bend .

Author: Nathaniel Mackey

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872863824

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

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Spectacular third work in Mackey's ongoing epistolary fiction about modern jazz.
Categories: Fiction

Inciting Poetics

Inciting Poetics

... founding member of a band in Los Angeles known as the Molimo m'Atet, a band beset by text-bearing comic-strip balloons that occasionally emerge from their instruments and from their debut recording Orphic Bend.

Author: Jeanne Heuving

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 9780826360489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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The essays in Inciting Poetics provide provocative answers to the book’s opening question, “What are poetics now?” Authored by some of the most important contemporary poets and critics, the essays present new theoretical and practical approaches to poetry and poetics that address current topics and approaches in the field as well as provide fresh readings of a number of canonical poets. The four sections—“What is Poetics?,” “Critical Interventions,” “Cross-Cultural Imperatives,” and “Digital, Capital, and Institutional Frames”—create a basis on which both experienced readers and newcomers can build an understanding of how to think and write about poetry. The diverse voices throughout the collection are both informative and accessible and offer a rich exploration of multiple approaches to thinking and writing about poetry today.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Nathaniel Mackey Destination Out

Nathaniel Mackey  Destination Out

In Bass Cathedral, N.'s band actually plays a “makeshift martinete” during a performance of their debut album Orphic Bend at the Studio in Los Angeles (BC 70). That they are able to do so comes as little surprise: the Molimo m'Atet, ...

Author: Jeanne Heuving

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781609387587

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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In this first book of essays devoted entirely to Nathaniel Mackey's work, prominent critics respond to a major oeuvre that is at once affirmative and utopic, negational and dystopic. Drawing on multiple genealogies and traditions, primarily from African and African diaspora histories and cultures, Mackey's work envisions cultural creation as cross-cultural, based in the damaging relationships of Africans brought against their will to the Americas and the resulting innovations of New World African literatures and music. Contributors: Maria Damon, Joseph Donahue, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Norman Finkelstein, Luke Harley, Paul Jaussen, Adalaide Morris, Fred Moten, Peter O'Leary, Anthony Reed
Categories: Literary Criticism

Princeton Alumni Weekly

Princeton Alumni Weekly

In this latest installment , N. and his jazz ensemble , Molimo m'Atet , release their album , Orphic Bend . As the epistolary narrative unfolds , N. engages the Angel as an artist , collaborator , and confessor .

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Publisher: princeton alumni weekly

ISBN: PRNC:32101065953455

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The Orphic Moment

The Orphic Moment

It thus defines the potentia of the " simplest container of reality ( or nothing ) a sort of womb developed from the merest bend or concave shape , the fundamental female Rhythm . " It is " an ultimate or borderline entity ...

Author: Robert McGahey

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079141941X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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This book examines Orpheus as a figure who bridges the experience of the Greek tribal shaman and the modern poet Stéphane Mallarmé, the father of modernism. First mentioned in 600 B.C., Orpheus was present at the moment when the Apolline forms of western culture were being encoded. He appears again at the opposite moment embodied in the language-crisis at the end of the nineteenth century, which inaugurated the break-up of those forms and ushered in the Dionysian. Mallarmé's "Orphic Moment," when Orpheus's scattered limbs first begin to stir back to life, enacts a dance at the boundary of Apollo and Dionysos, marking the collapse of Apolline form back into its Dionysian ground in Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ecocriticism Ecology and the Cultures of Antiquity

Ecocriticism  Ecology  and the Cultures of Antiquity

The Orphic model is closest to the vestiges of the Phoenician tradition preserved in the Sidonian theo-cosmogony of Damascius ... command multiples; relating again to the above-mentioned notion of Eros being able to bend natural laws.

Author: Christopher Schliephake

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498532853

Category: History

Page: 384

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By focusing on ancient culture and its reception, this book fills integrates antiquity into our current ecocritical theory and practice to fill in a gap in our environmental debates. It aims at a re-evaluation of antiquity in the light of present-day environmental concerns and re-frames our contemporary outlook on the more-than-human world in the light of cultures far removed from our own.
Categories: History