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The Music Of Language

Image of Nathaniel Mackey, who is one of the country's most respected poets and recently released his new book 'Blue Fasa.'
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Nathaniel Mackey is one of the country's most respected poets and recently released his new book 'Blue Fasa.'
Image of Blue Fasa book cover
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New Directions Books
'Blue Fasa' is the sixth collection of poems by Nathaniel Mackey. It continues his serial poems 'Song of the Andoumboulou' and 'Mu.'

    

Poet Nathaniel Mackey is one of the most respected experimental writers in the country today. In recent years, the Duke professor has received many honors including the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award and, most recently, Yale University’s Bollingen Prize.

  Host Frank Stasio talks with Mackey about his recent book of poetry Blue Fasa (New Directions Books/2015) which is part of his serial poetry collection. They will also discuss Mackey’s lifelong love of music, deejaying and how music makes its way into his poetry. 

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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