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The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be : Essays and Interviews

By: Mullen, Harryette.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Modern and Contemporary Poetics: Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (292 p.).ISBN: 9780817386177.Subject(s): African American women -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | African American women poets -- Interviews | Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Mullen, Harryette Romell -- Criticism and interpretation | Mullen, Harryette Romell -- Interviews | Poets, American -- 20th century -- InterviewsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be : Essays and InterviewsDDC classification: 811.54 | 811/.54 LOC classification: PS3563PS3563.U3954 .M459 1753PS3563.U3954Z459 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; I. Shorter Essays; 1. Imagining the Unimagined Reader: Writing to the Unborn and Including the Excluded; 2. Poetry and Identity; 3. Kinky Quatrains: The Making of Muse & Drudge; 4. Telegraphs from a Distracted Sibyl; 5. If Lilies are Lily White: From the Stain of Miscegenation in Stein's "Melanctha" to the "Clean Mixture" of White and Color in Tender Buttons; 6. Nine Syllables Label Sylvia: Reading Plath's "Metaphors"; 7. Evaluation of an Unwritten Poem: Wislawa Szymborska in the Dialogue of Creative and Critical Thinkers; 8. Theme for the Oulipians
9. When He Is Least Himself: Paul Laurence Dunbar and Double Consciousness in African American Poetry10. Truly Unruly Julie: The Innovative Rule-Breaking Poetry of Julie Patton; 11. All Silence Says Music Will Follow: Listening to Lorenzo Thomas; 12. The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be: Stretching the Dialogue of African American Poetry; II. Longer Essays; 13. African Signs and Spirit Writing; 14. Runaway Tongue: Resistant Orality in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Our Nig, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Beloved
15. Optic White: Blackness and the Production of Whiteness16. Phantom Pain: Nathaniel Mackey's Bedouin Hornbook; 17. A Collective Force of Burning Ink: Will Alexander's Asia & Haiti; 18. Incessant Elusives: The Oppositional Poetics of Erica Hunt and Will Alexander; III. Interviews; 19. "The Solo Mysterioso Blues": An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Calvin Bedient; 20. An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Daniel Kane; 21. An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Elisabeth A. Frost; 22. An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Cynthia Hogue
23. "I Dream a World": A Conversation with Harryette Mullen by Nibir K. GhoshBibliography
Summary: The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be forms an extended consideration not only of Harryette Mullen's own work, methods, and interests as a poet, but also of issues of central importance to African American poetry and language, women's voices, and the future of poetry.Together, these essays and interviews highlight the impulses and influences that drive Mullen's work as a poet and thinker, and suggest unique possibilities for the future of poetic language and its role as an instrument of identity and power.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; I. Shorter Essays; 1. Imagining the Unimagined Reader: Writing to the Unborn and Including the Excluded; 2. Poetry and Identity; 3. Kinky Quatrains: The Making of Muse & Drudge; 4. Telegraphs from a Distracted Sibyl; 5. If Lilies are Lily White: From the Stain of Miscegenation in Stein's "Melanctha" to the "Clean Mixture" of White and Color in Tender Buttons; 6. Nine Syllables Label Sylvia: Reading Plath's "Metaphors"; 7. Evaluation of an Unwritten Poem: Wislawa Szymborska in the Dialogue of Creative and Critical Thinkers; 8. Theme for the Oulipians

9. When He Is Least Himself: Paul Laurence Dunbar and Double Consciousness in African American Poetry10. Truly Unruly Julie: The Innovative Rule-Breaking Poetry of Julie Patton; 11. All Silence Says Music Will Follow: Listening to Lorenzo Thomas; 12. The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be: Stretching the Dialogue of African American Poetry; II. Longer Essays; 13. African Signs and Spirit Writing; 14. Runaway Tongue: Resistant Orality in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Our Nig, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Beloved

15. Optic White: Blackness and the Production of Whiteness16. Phantom Pain: Nathaniel Mackey's Bedouin Hornbook; 17. A Collective Force of Burning Ink: Will Alexander's Asia & Haiti; 18. Incessant Elusives: The Oppositional Poetics of Erica Hunt and Will Alexander; III. Interviews; 19. "The Solo Mysterioso Blues": An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Calvin Bedient; 20. An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Daniel Kane; 21. An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Elisabeth A. Frost; 22. An Interview with Harryette Mullen by Cynthia Hogue

23. "I Dream a World": A Conversation with Harryette Mullen by Nibir K. GhoshBibliography

The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be forms an extended consideration not only of Harryette Mullen's own work, methods, and interests as a poet, but also of issues of central importance to African American poetry and language, women's voices, and the future of poetry.Together, these essays and interviews highlight the impulses and influences that drive Mullen's work as a poet and thinker, and suggest unique possibilities for the future of poetic language and its role as an instrument of identity and power.

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Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Harryette Mullen teaches American poetry, African American literature, and creative writing at UCLA. She is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award. Her book Sleeping with the Dictionary was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, German, Swedish, Turkish, and Bulgarian.

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