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Poetry. Harryette Mullen is the mixer. Street, jive, down-home post-mod speech meet at the meat market. Food may be the subject of these short prose-poems, but look at us, teasing ourselves with endless adverts to buy, consume more and better - so long as its packaged right, full color box and shrink-wrapped.
Paperback, 45 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Singing Horse Press
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Refreshing spearmint gums up the words. Instand permkit combs through the wreckage. Bigger better spermkit grins down family of four. Scratch and sniff your lucky number. You may already be a wiener.
- pg. 30
S*PeRM**K*T is a challenging indictment of consumer culture and conformity, written, in contrast to these themes, in a style that asserts the poet's individuality. Even as she is describing the spiritual vacuum that is the aisles of a supermarket, she appears to incorporate herself, details o ...more
I read "S*Perm**K*T" after "Tree Tall Woman" and I appreciated her deviation from traditional poetry solely on principle. She wrote prose-poetry and I thought this was an interesting take using the theme of grocery stores and supermarkets and fusing life lessons and narratives with elements related to the theme. In terms of my connection to the material emotionally, mentally, and intellectually, it definitely waned from Tree Tall Women. I found that I was less interested in the narrative she was ...more
I appreciate the project here, but I can't pretend like I'll return to these poems. It's fun to discuss a few in class, as they show poetic compression in action. I think they're very smart but a bit too impersonal for my liking. If that makes me a sentimentalist, well, whatever.
Harryette Mullen is an American poet, short story writer, and literary scholar. She was born in Florence, Alabama, grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and attended graduate school at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As of 2008, she lives in Los Angeles, California. She wrote poems such as Land of the Discount Price, Home of the Brand Name.More about Harryette Mullen...