Harryette mullen: [m]y notion of who i was had to do with being in a southern state--but in another way, texas isn't southern: it's southwestern or western so it's being in and actually on the edge of a southern black culture texas, when i was young, was a segregated state. Rhyme and rhythm are key elements in a poem they add musicality to poetry and serve as the backdrop against which the ideas and imagery can flow rhythm can be analyzed by determining the number of lines of a poem, the number of syllables in the line, and the arrangement of syllables based. Mullen began to write poetry as a college student in a multicultural community of writers, artists, musicians, and dancers in austin, texas in 2011, barbara henning published a collection of postcard interviews with the author, titled: looking up harryette mullen (belladonna.
Born in alabama, harryette mullen grew up in texas, the daughter of teachers and the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of baptist ministers in the still-segregated south known for her innovative, mongrel lyric poetry (as mullen puts it in a 1996 interview with calvin bedient published in callaloo. With harryette mullen's dense, layered and playful poems in sleeping with the dictionary, there is often a for the most part, this interview follows harryette's alphabetical structure for sleeping with the dictionary i'm also conscious of the power of language to include and exclude at the same time. Six years after harryette mullen and barbara henning first met at the legendary nuyorican poets café, henning proposed she do a postcard-format interview of mullen that would allow for a very small postcard space in which to respond[t]he idea of cards flying through the mail & overlapping. Harryette mullen is a poet and a professor of english at the university of california, los angeles, where she mullen described her intention to frost in an interview for contemporary literature: i am writing for some of the fragments rhyme and some don't, and that is basically the principle of the.
From barbara henning, an interview with harryette mullen click here for the text of the complete interview mullen's is particularly interested in the mnemonic power of rhyme and rhythm, advertising jingles, song lyrics, poetry recitation, kid's chants, nursery rhymes etc. A harryette mullen lecture from the 2002 naropa summer writing program mullen discusses her interest in dictionaries, language and its reflection of human social dynamics she also reads from and discusses an interview with her by daniel kane. Rhythm and rhyme are of course quite separate things, and are processed in different regions of the brain however, they do share some commonalities in why and how they there is another aspect to patterns, and to rhyme and rhythm in particular they help recall by limiting the possible solutions.
I managed to sit down with harryette mullen on friday, september 24, 1999, before the public reading by mullen, wideman, and everett which culminated the callaloo creative writing workshop series in a two-hour interview, she and i discussed the development of her writing career. Write the book an interview with shelah shapiro and barbara henning, burlington vt radio 1059 fm womm lp #277, january 6, 2014 st marks poetry project reading with frances richard and barbara henning, february 29, 2012 in conversation with harryette mullen, belladonna reading. When you work with rhyme and rhythm, you're not just getting a video - you're also getting companionship and encouragement a special keepsake and now we can relive it - and all of the emotions - whenever we want to we're so impressed by the professionalism, creativity, and. The mnemonic power of rhyme and rhythm in an interview with harryette mullen by barbara henning.
Browse through harryette mullen's poems and quotes 13 poems of harryette mullen still i rise, the road not taken, if you forget me, dreams, annabel lee. Barbara henning's sprawling volume underlines the joy of old-fashioned, mail correspondence and features a thorough and revealing interview with harryette mullen in an era where tweets serve as minipostcards from restaurants and rock concerts, it takes real moxie to allow correspondents to find. By harryette mullen © new california poetry, 2002 alone, the title of this poem makes me smile i really like this quote from an interview with mullen: dictionaries are attempts to identify or create standard usage and definitions, but of course the dictionaries don't exactly agree among themselves.
Harryette mullen - poet - harryette mullen's work is driven by wordplay, allusion, and popular cliche, and is centered in a larger tradition of african american harryette mullen was born in florence, alabama, and raised in fort worth, texas she has earned degrees in english and literature from the. Six years after harryette mullen and barbara henning first met at the legendary nuyorican poets café, henning proposed she do a postcard-format interview of mullen that would allow for a very small postcard space in which to respondthe idea of cards flying through the mail & overlapping. Jacket interview harryette mullen, photo by hank lazer harryette mullen: from s to z harryette mullen in conversation with barbara henning with harryette mullen's dense, layered and playful poems in sleeping with the dictionary, there is often a subtle question, almost present but.
Six years after harryette mullen and barbara henning first met at the legendary nuyorican poets cafe, henning proposed she do a postcard-format interview of mullen that would allow for a very small postcard space in which to respond t]he idea of cards flying through the mail & overlapping. By barbara henning with harryette mullen's dense, layered and playful poems in sleeping with the dictionary, there is often a subtle question, almost the complete interview on sleeping with the dictionary (a-z) along with an earlier interview by henning have been collected together in the book.
Contradictory sways: reading and writing through harryette mullen: a writing workshop with hoa nguyen cyberspace, toronto sept read an interview with me on the poetry of and workshop on fred wah here on poetry foundation see this link for an essay on the workshop as part of the bagley. Looking up harryette mullen has 12 ratings and 1 review literary nonfiction poetry history & criticism six years after harryette mullen and barbara henning first met at the legendary nuyorican poets cafe, henning proposed she do a postcard-format interview of mullen that would. A year ago or so, i interviewed harry mathews about oulipo and women and about politics of the members and such this interview will be published by because the interview started in response to a correction to the preface of looking up harryette mullen, it is now posted on belladonna. Interview by barbara henning about harryette mullen enjoys writing about childhood poet and professor of english at the university of california, los angeles teaches creative writing and african-american literature her work is driven by an obsession with wordplay and allusion centered in a.