Preliminary Readings — Harryette Mullen
from Sleeping With the Dictionary:
Coo/Slur (not online; will be scanned and uploaded to course page as pdf)
Souvenir from Anywhere (link is audio only; will also be scanned)
Why You and I (will also be scanned)
Mullen’s essay “Writing to the Unimagined Reader”
Eric Liu’s article for the Atlantic, “What Every American Should Know”
Prep Page Part A: Close read a poem.
Prep Page Part B: Respond to one of these questions.
- Pick a poem and a short essay and put them in conversation. What do you as a reader gain from Mullen’s insights on her writing? Do these poems support or contradict the categorizations she describes in “Poetry and Identity”?
- Which do you find more of in these poems — a speaker or a subject? Are you more sympathetic to the speakers or the subjects?
- Which of these poems would you take with you to a desert island? Why?
Please post these prep pages in a response on the class website.