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Jackson Mac Low was born in Chicago on September 12, 1922. He was a poet and composer, and a writer of performance pieces, essays, plays, and radio works. He was also a painter and multimedia performance artist, and often worked in collaboration with his wife, Anne Tardos. He is the author of twenty-six books, and his works have been published in many anthologies and periodicals as well as read publicly, exhibited, performed, and broadcast in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. Mac Low's publications include Two Plays: The Marrying Maiden and Verdurous Sanguinaria (Green Integer Books, 1999), 20 Forties (Zasterle Press, 1999), Barnesbook (1996), 42 Merzgedichte in Memoriam Kurt Schwitters (1994), Pieces o' Six: Thirty-three Poems in Prose (1992), and Twenties: 100 Poems (1991), as well as the compact disc Open Secrets (1993), comprising eight works performed by Anne Tardos, Mac Low, and seven instrumentalists.

Educated at the University of Chicago and Brooklyn College, he taught at many schools, notably the Mannes School of Music (1966) and New York University (1966-73). In has taught creative writing and lectured at SUNY-Albany, SUNY-Binghamton, Temple, UC-San Diego, Naropa Institute, Schule für Dichtung in Wien (Vienna), Bard College, and Brown University.

His awards include fellowships and grants from the Creative Artists Public Service Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, PEN, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He received the the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets in 1999. Jackson Mac Low lived in New York City with his wife until his death on December 8, 2004.

Insect Assassins

Jackson Mac Low, 1922 - 2004
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

Into notoriety. Sweeping eastern capture testimony 
As sweeping sweeping as sweeping sweeping into
   notoriety. Sweeping

Interest nervous succumb easily: composed tube 
Adhesive succumb succumb adhesive succumb succumb interest
         nervous succumb

It near spider East closes thorax.
And spider spider and spider spider it near spider

Its needle. Specialized enlarged? Cutting tough 
A specialized specialized a specialized specialized its needle.
   Specialized

Is nontoxic secretion extremely contains that 
Assassin-bug secretion secretion assassin-bug secretion secretion
             is nontoxic secretion

I needle-like snake. Enzymes compound TENDON 
ANCHORING snake, snake, ANCHORING snake, snake, I
          needle-like snake,

INLET not significant, effect cockroach. Thus 
About significant, significant, about significant, significant,
      INLET not significant,

Insect "natural" surround enzyme constituents time 
After surround surround after surround surround insect "natural"
      surround

Internal nerve. Sucks especially contents through. 
Against sucks sucks. Against sucks sucks. Internal nerve. Sucks

Immediate now share extinguishing controlling them. 
Arises: share share arises: share share immediate now share

Insecticide? Needs. Sap; episode. Cimicidae thoroughly 
Attributed sap; sap; attributed sap; sap; insecticide? Needs. Sap;

Insects numbing seconds. Each channels. They. 
Accordingly seconds. Seconds. Accordingly seconds. Seconds.
            Insects numbing seconds.

From Stanzas for Iris Lezak, published by Something Else Press, 1971. Copyright © 1972 by Jackson Mac Low. Reprinted with permission.

From Stanzas for Iris Lezak, published by Something Else Press, 1971. Copyright © 1972 by Jackson Mac Low. Reprinted with permission.

Jackson Mac Low

Jackson Mac Low

Jackson Mac Low was born in Chicago on September 12, 1922. He was

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