Muse & Drudge Harryette Mullen

ISBN: 9780935162158

Published: November 1st 1995


88 pages


Muse & Drudge  by  Harryette Mullen

Muse & Drudge by Harryette Mullen
November 1st 1995 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 88 pages | ISBN: 9780935162158 | 9.56 Mb

This is a book-length poem with four quatrains to the page. Its subject is essentially black experience in the U.S., with a strong suggestion of the Blues and black cultural references threaded in code throughout, often homophonically. For example, the word Muse in the title suggests Mules- the expression stark strangled banjos sounds like The Star-Spangled Banner.

Heres how it appears in its stanza: devils dancing on a dime / cut a rug in ragtime / jitterbug squat diddly bow / stark strangled banjo. Diddly bow is Bo Diddly (Ellis McDaniels), the musician, and also the diddly-bo, a single-string instrument of African influence. Because HM is said to read pages in random order from the book, theres the distant possibility that its form relates to the African practice of Ifa divination, in which a priest, or babalawo, presents a specific poem from the Ifa canon of 256 (16 x 16)depending on the way in which 16 cowrie shells are cast on a prophecy tray by the supplicant.

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