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Nathaniel Mackey Conversation

Nathaniel Mackey in conversation with Charles Bernstein. Mackey discusses his key concepts "discrepant engagement" and "paracritical hinge," his engagement with Lorca's concept of "duende," the use of cultural references in his work, his mode of composition and its relation to improvisation, as well as his approach to performance and poetic rhythm. Nathaniel Mackey, who for many years taught at Santa Cruz, is now a professor at Duke. He is the editor of the literary magazine Hambone and co-editor (with Art Lange) of the anthology Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993). He has two books of essays, Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing and Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews.


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.