Abstract

The poet Nathaniel Mackey draws on African cultural, religious, and ethical resources to fashion an other-conscious poetics in his twin long series, Song of the Andoumboulou and mu. This ethical poetics employs what he calls the indeterminate “creak” of language to remind us of our inescapable responsibility to others through the communality of “we-ness.” Through both form and content, Mackey reminds us that Africa has a long ethical tradition and that African American poetry’s history of “aesthetic othering” allows us to see through the West’s denial of black thought to find new possibilities of how to exist together peacefully.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-6182
Print ISSN
1062-4783
Pages
pp. 35-52
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-30
Open Access
No
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