Nathaniel Mackey

(1947 / Miami, Florida.)

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Nathaniel Mackey is an American poet, novelist, anthologist, literary critic and editor. He is Professor of English at Duke University and a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. Mackey is currently teaching a poetry workshop at Duke University.

He has been editor and publisher of Hambone since 1982 and he won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2006. In 2014, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.


Nathaniel Mackey was born in 1947 in Miami, Florida. He obtained his B.A. from Princeton University and his PhD from Stanford University. He taught and lived in Santa Cruz from 1979 to 2010. He is currently a professor at Duke ... more »

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Irritable Mystic

— "mu" fifth part —

His they their
we, their he
his was but if
need be one,
I, neither sham nor
excuse yet an
alibi, exited,
the only where
he'd be.

the long since
body, imagines
each crack, each
crevice as it sweats
under cloth,
tongues touching
down on love's endlessly
warmed-over thigh. ...

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