STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE by Susan Howe and Nathaniel Mackey
Gatefold LP, Black & white, 2018
A gatefold LP STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE includes original interviews and artist materials on its foldout sleeves.
A collaborative release with the visual artist Shannon Ebner, STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE features the poems of Susan Howe and Nathaniel Mackey. Produced and collated by Ebner, STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE juxtaposes historic and recent material from Howe and Mackey between 1991–2018. The work brought together specifically examines the two writers' lifelong preoccupation with subjects adrift in dispossessed narratives both real and imagined. A gatefold LP, the liner notes for the album feature excerpts of original interviews, as well as reproductions of the poets' published materials. According to Ebner, "STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE is the full-length version of what I started in 2016 when I began seeking exchanges with these two poets. I was drawn to their works for their experiments with poetic form—for their politics of poetic form, to be exact—for their poems' stray figures and stray errant marks."