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The Final Nite
The Final Nite

Steve Dalachinsky

Poetry | $16 $14
Buy"He lives the music, and his poems capture its heat and illumination."
Winner of the 2007 PEN Oakland National Book Award. The Final Nite & Other Poems, Complete Notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook 1987-2006 chronicles, in verse, nearly two decades of work written while listening to live performances by the musician Charles Gayle. Including every poem written under these circumstances, the poems reflect, respond to, or incorporate elements of Gayle's music as well as his "speeches" and "sermons."

About the Author

Steve Dalachinsky

Steve Dalachinsky was born in 1946, in Brooklyn, New York right after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals (including Tribes, Ratapallax, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Xtant, The Brooklyn Review). He is included in such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment, Up is Up But So is Down: NYU Downtown Literary Anthology, the Unbearables anthologies: Help Yourself, The Worse Book I Ever Read, The Big Book of Sex (of which he is a co-editor), and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton, Charles Gayle, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell. His chapbooks include Musicology (Editions Pioche, Paris), Trial and Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective), Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture Press), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Mantis: collected poems for Cecil Taylor 1966-2009 (Iniquity Press), and Long Play E.P. (Corrupt Press). (Dalachinsky has also contributed collages to Nathaniel Farrell's UDP chapbook, The Race Poems.) His book of notebooks from Charles Gayle concerts, The Final Nite was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2006 and won the 2007 Josephine Miles PEN National Book Award. With pianist Matthew Shipp, he has collaborated on a book (Logos and Language from Rogueart Press) and a CD, Phenomena of Interference (Hopscotch Records). He is a contributing columnist for The Brooklyn Rail. His memoir, A Superintendent's Eyes, is being reissued by Autonomedia/Unbearables in an expanded edition. He lives in New York City.

Advance Praise

A poetic and moving documentation of an artist's art and its impact, written by one extraordinary man about another.—ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Dalachinsky feels compelled not to capture and preserve these musical events, but rather to react to them and record his responses. He often follows the projected-verse/open-field writing technique of Charles Olson, which involves taking in everything in your field of vision, and experiencing stimuli through 'all six senses.'...Dalachinsky’s work also brings to mind the immediacy of Kerouac’s spontaneous prose. 'Poetry becomes like staves of music, writing within the musical realm,' Dalachinsky said. He often writes in glyphs, symbols that don’t resemble any written speech, as he’s listening to the music—his own private score. On the pages of Final Nite, words are strewn sparsely across the page in a seemingly random fashion—like the trailing notes at the end of an improvised solo.—CAROL WIERZBICKI, The Brooklyn Rail
Steve Dalachinsky is a poet of the real world in a time when reality is despised, dismissed, not understood or lied about.—Amiri Baraka