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The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be: Essays and Interviews (Modern & Contemporary Poetics) Paperback – August 6, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0817357139 ISBN-10: 0817357130 Edition: 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern & Contemporary Poetics
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817357130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817357139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An absolutely stellar collection of writings and interviews offering insight into the context and history of African American innovative poetry and art (including Harryette’s own poetry).” —From the introduction by Hank Lazer, author of The New Spirit and Lyric and Spirit: Selected Essays 1996–2008

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“This collection will be the first full book of critical and occasional pieces by Harryette Mullen and is a long-anticipated event in literary publishing likely to find a deeply appreciative audience. It will not only enlighten readers as to Mullen’s thinking, but will make important contributions to scholarship in the areas of poetics, African American literature, and the arts in contemporary America.”—Aldon Lynn Nielsen, author of Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism and coeditor of Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry by African Americans

About the Author

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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Reder on February 10, 2014
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Harryette Mullen is one of the most creative (odd word choice) poets around. Her essays reveal her to be quite a good critic. She is one of the few poets I rush out to buy when a new book comes out. This book is no exception. She writes of African-American politics and poetry as well as language and its inventiveness. If you are familiar with Mullen's poetry, this book will help you put her work into teachable contexts for students. If you are not familiar with Mullen's poetry, what are you waiting for? If you are truly interested in language, inventive poetic forms, and a poet who dazzles, go read everything she has written.
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