Three important poetry collections brought together under one cover by Harryette Mullen, author of Sleeping with the Dictionary
Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge
- “In her previous four collections, Harryette Mullen’s influences have ranged from language poetry to the rhythms and playfulness of the black vernacular…. Suffused with both politics and literary theory, Mullen’s language refuses to be weighed down by either.”—The New York Times Book Review
Recyclopedia shows the extraordinary 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 clothing fashion and femininity, advertising and the supermarket, the blues and traditional lyric poetry. With a new preface by the author, Recyclopedia is a major gathering of work by one of the most exciting and innovative poets writing in America today.
- “[Harryette Mullen] is a woman at play but refusing to be played, managing to get Sappho and ‘juicy fruit’ into a single poem with out it ending up pastiche or anachronistic.”—Bookforum
- “Linguistic experiment has rarely sounded so bluesy and cool.”—Publishers Weekly
- “Mullen’s infectious linguistic torques can entrance readers.”—The Village Voice
- “Recyclopedia invites us to consider [Mullen’s] three books not as successive chapters of a poet’s career but as a simultaneity of language, a replicable and mutable Big Bang of thematic, linguistic, syntactic, and formal combination.”—Boston Review