Wipe That Simile Off Your Aphasia

By Harryette Mullen b. 1953 Harryette Mullen
as horses as for
as purple as we go
as heartbeat as if
as silverware as it were
as onion as I can   
as cherries as feared
as combustion as want
as dog collar as expected
as oboes as anyone
as umbrella as catch can
as penmanship as it gets
as narcosis as could be
as hit parade as all that
as icebox as far as I know
as fax machine as one can imagine
as cyclones as hoped
as dictionary as you like
as shadow as promised
as drinking fountain as well
as grassfire as myself
as mirror as is
as never as this

Harryette Mullin, "Wipe that Smile Off Your Aphasia" from Sleeping with the Dictionary. Copyright 2002 by Harryette Mullen. Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

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

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Poet Harryette Mullen b. 1953

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

 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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