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Thursday, July 1, 2021
#182 / Take A Walk With Harryette
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I am not a techie, and I don't know how to replace the current system with some other system that will do the same thing. I will see what I can do, but I fear that those who want to read my blog will soon have to hunt down my postings, each day, at www.gapatton.net, or else pay a daily visit to my Facebook page, where I do republish my blog postings. I am very sorry for this change, and I wish I knew what to do!
Here is a copy of the notice I received:
Harryette Mullen, poet, has a Santa Cruz connection. While Harryette now lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches African American literature and creative writing in the English Department at UCLA, she did get her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Literary Hub, an online source for poems, stories, reading lists, and criticism, recently published a conversation with Harryette, available right here in audio form, and right here as a condensed transcript.
The conversation, between Harryette and Naomi Shihab Nye, was titled, "Harryette Mullen on Finding Her Poems as She Walks Through Los Angeles."
Harryette, in other words, has adopted a practice I have recommended in this blog - taking a walk to acquaint oneself with one's community. I am on the lookout for trees (a pretty nice one, found on Gault Street not so long ago, is featured at the bottom of this blog). Harryette is on the lookout for poems, and specifically for tanka verses.*
Here's a salute to sister Harryette, who joins in my recommendation to all of us: Take A Walk!
(1) - https://lithub.com/harryette-mullen-on-finding-her-poems-as-she-walks-through-los-angeles/
)2) - Gary A. Patton personal photo
*The tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as "short song," and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. "Tanka," in other words, as Harryette says, is "like a haiku plus a couple more lines."