Hambone's Call: Nathaniel Mackey and Editorial Poetics
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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This essay examines Nathaniel Mackey’s editorship of the literary journal Hambone. Placing Mackey’s editorship in conversation with his theory of ‘discrepant engagement’, which he describes as a stylised practice that seeks to open ‘presumably closed orders of identity and signification’, I argue that Mackey develops an editorial poetics that opens American literary culture to a deep history of African American and cross-cultural creative expression and improvisation. The history of such improvisation – often taken up in the face dispossession – transforms Mackey’s editorial poetics into a sustained reflection on concepts of labour and hospitality at work in everyday creative practices.
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Published online 03 September 2018.