Song of the Andoumboulou: 255 by Nathaniel Mackey

BOMB 152 Summer 2020
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Nathaniel Mackey’s most recent book of poetry is Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015). Forthcoming from New Directions in 2021 is Double Trio, a three-book set from which the poem in this issue is taken.

Harmony Holiday by Farid Matuk
Miles Davis Trumpets

“I don’t want the kind of career where everything is sensible and safe; I’d rather suffer through the anxiety of wondering where I’m going next than suffer the boredom of dancing in the same safe square.”

The Art of the Word: Patty Larkin Interviewed by Yvonne Conza
Patty Larkin

On writing music to the poems of Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Natalie Diaz, and others.

An Approach by Roger Lewinter
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In An Approach, the sentence gradually evolves: word choices change subtly; phrases are introduced, transposed, or deleted; punctuation shifts and changes form. Through these shifts and disruptions, the text begins to accede to a nonlinear logic, through which we can glimpse “the unspoken, which is its subject, between the words, through the words.”

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BOMB 152, Summer 2020

Our summer issue includes interviews with Amoako Boafo, Nicolas Party, Brenda Goodman, Odili Donald Odita, Jenny Offill, Craig Taborn, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Jibz Cameron; poetry by Safia Elhillo and Nathaniel Mackey; prose by Lydia Davis, Marie-Helene Bertino, and Saidiya Hartman; and more.

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