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S*PeRM**K*T

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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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Matthew
May 09, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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
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Michelle
Jul 19, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who buy groceries
Shelves: poetry, foreverfaves
I *love* this book. I lend it out often. Its dimensions are pleasing, and I think it's a good book for people who don't usually read poetry.
Chantel
May 05, 2011 Chantel rated it liked it
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
Darin Ciccotelli
Jan 23, 2012 Darin Ciccotelli rated it liked it
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.
Jared Levine
Feb 10, 2015 Jared Levine rated it it was amazing
The musicality in the book is fantastic, and it is easy to get lost in it. Underneath that, I find her to make excellent points or observations of the mundane.
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I wrote a paper on Mullen's Muse & Drudge, and was able to gather a lot of info about her poetic aesthetic from research about this book...
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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.

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