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  • Oreo

    By Fran Ross

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811223225
    • Publisher: New Directions Paperbacks
    • Published: July 2015
    Oreo, a biracial black girl from Philadelphia, searches for her Jewish father in New York City, navigating the labyrinth of sound studios, brothels, and subway tunnels of Manhattan in a journey of self-discovery.
  • Recyclopedia: Trimmings; S*PeRM**K*T; Muse & Drudge

    By Harryette Mullen

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555974565
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2006
    Recyclopedia shows the development of Harryette Mullen's career in her books Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge, all originally published in the 1990s and now made available again to new readers. These prose poems and lyrics bring us into collision with the language of fashion and femininity, advertising and the supermarket, the blues and traditional lyric poetry. Recyclopedia is a major gathering of work by one of the most exciting and innovative poets writing in America today.
  • Sleeping with the Dictionary

    By Harryette Mullen

    Our Price: $23.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520231436
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: February 2002
    Harryette Mullen's fifth poetry collection, Sleeping with the Dictionary, is the abecedarian offspring of her collaboration with two of the poet's most seductive writing partners, Roget's Thesaurus and The American Heritage Dictionary. In her ménage à trois with these faithful companions, the poet is aware that while Roget seems obsessed with categories and hierarchies, the American Heritage, whatever its faults, was compiled with the assistance of a democratic usage panel that included black poets Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, as well as feminist author and editor Gloria Steinem. With its arbitrary yet determinant alphabetical arrangement, its gleeful pursuit of the ludic pleasure of word games (acrostic, anagram, homophone, parody, pun), as well as its reflections on the politics of language and dialect, Mullen's work is serious play. A number of the poems are inspired or influenced by a technique of the international literary avant-garde group Oulipo, a dictionary game called S+7 or N+7. This method of textual transformation--which is used to compose nonsensical travesties reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"--also creates a kind of automatic poetic discourse.Mullen's parodies reconceive the African American's relation to the English language and Anglophone writing, through textual reproduction, recombining the genetic structure of texts from the Shakespearean sonnet and the fairy tale to airline safety instructions and unsolicited mail. The poet admits to being "licked all over by the English tongue," and the title of this book may remind readers that an intimate partner who also gives language lessons is called, euphemistically, a "pillow dictionary."

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