[it’s rank it cranks you up]

By Harryette Mullen b. 1953 Harryette Mullen
it’s rank it cranks you up
crash you’re fracked you suck
shucks you’re wack you be
all you cracked up to be

dead on arrival   
overdosed on whatever
excess of hate and love
I sleep alone

if you were there
then please come in   
tell me what’s good
think up something

psychic sidekick
gimme a pigfoot
show me my lifeline
read me my rights

“[it’s rank it cranks you up]” by Harryette Mullen from Recyclopedia. Copyright © 2006 by Harryette Mullen. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press.

Source: Recyclopedia (Graywolf Press, 2006)

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Poet Harryette Mullen b. 1953

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Social Commentaries, Crime & Punishment

 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 Living, Disappointment & Failure, Social Commentaries, Crime & Punishment

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