[go on sister sing your song]

By Harryette Mullen b. 1953 Harryette Mullen
go on sister sing your song
lady redbone señora rubia
took all day long
shampooing her nubia

she gets to the getting place
without or with him
must I holler when   
you’re giving me rhythm

members don’t get weary   
add some practice to your theory
she wants to know is it a men thing
or a him thing

wishing him luck   
she gave him lemons to suck
told him please dear
improve your embouchure

“[go on sister sing your song]” 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 Relationships, Men & Women, Love, Desire, Romantic Love, Realistic & Complicated

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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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