Jackson Mac Low

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Jackson Mac Low (September 12, 1922 - December 8, 2004) was an American poet, performance artist, composer and playwright, known to most readers of poetry as a practioneer of systematic chance operations and other non-intentional compositional methods in his work, which Mac Low first experienced in the musical work of John Cage, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff. During the last 25 years of his life, he often collaborated with Anne Tardos.

Mac Low won the 1999 Wallace Stevens award.

He received his associate's degree from the University of Chicago in 1943 and his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in 1953.


  • 1 From "Insect Assassins"
  • 2 Selected Works
  • 3 Source
  • 4 External links

From "Insect Assassins"

Injects no survive. Efforts control the
Animal survive. Survive. Animal survive. Survive. Injects no survive.

In nasty spitting eye cost. This
Assassin spitting spitting assassin spitting spitting in nasty spitting

Insectivorous nutriment species encounter Charles to
Are species species are species species insectivorous nutriment species

Selected Works

  • 22 Light Poems (Black Sparrow, 1968)
  • Stanzas for Iris Lezak (Something Else Press, 1971)
  • The Pronouns (Station Hill Press, 1979)
  • The Virginia Woolf Poems (Burning Deck, 1985)
  • Pieces o' Six: Thirty-Three Poems in Prose (Sun and Moon Classics, 1991)
  • Twenties (Segue, January 1992)
  • 42 Merzgedichte in memoriam Kurt Schwitters (Station Hill Press, 1994)
  • Doings: Assorted Performance Pieces 1955–2002 (Granary Books, 2005)


  • Von Gunden, Heidi (1983). The Music of Pauline Oliveros. ISBN 0-8108-1600-8.
  • Academy of American Poets
  • SUNY Buffalo Electronic Poetry Center
  • In Remembrance of Jackson Mac Low EOAGH (Issue#2) includes poems and remembrances on-line
  • The Register of Jackson Mac Low Papers 1923-1995 @ Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego
  • Jackson Mac Low in Virtual Space a remembrance by Barrett Watten, including links to other Mac Low sites
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