Way Opposite

By Harryette Mullen b. 1953 Harryette Mullen

after Richard Wilbur

The opposite of walk?
      A psychic with a crystal ball
            and tarot deck
                        who sees green
                                    when your palm is read.

      At the sign of a red palm
             I don’t walk,
                         I run.

Harryette Mullin, “Way Opposite” from Sleeping with the Dictionary. Copyright 2002 by Harryette Mullen.  Reprinted by permission of the University of California Press.

Source: Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California Press, 2002)

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Poet Harryette Mullen b. 1953

Subjects Religion, The Spiritual, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

 Harryette  Mullen

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Harryette Mullen is a poet and a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing and African-American literature. Her poetry has been hailed by critics as unique, powerful, and challenging. Elisabeth A. Frost wrote in Contemporary Literature: "Crossing the lines between often isolated aesthetic camps, Harryette Mullen has pioneered her own form of bluesy, disjunctive lyric . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, The Spiritual, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

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