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Pronouns: A Collection of Forty Dances for the Dancers

by Jackson Mac Low

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Mac Low was one of the subjects of my Ph.D. dissertation ... so I find it difficult to be objective.

Jackson Mac Low, now sadly gone, was an American master about whom many Americans will never know. This is because he labored mightily in the realm of chance operations, a place people know of (if at all) as the domain of John Cage.

The Pronouns is one of his more accessible works. The individual pieces, which each "celebrate" one of those little-loved but very important words, can be read or (as in the original "production" of the piece) danced/performed. As I recall (don't have the book in front of me) the phrases making up the poems were drawn from a deck of cards.

One of the reasons Mac Low rocked is that he constantly made you think about genres and the often illusory boundaries between them. Are these poems? Yes. Are these performance instructions? Yes. Are these a great deal of fun. Yes yes yes. ( )
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