Mullen's parodies reconceive the African American's relation to the English language and Anglophone writing, via textual copy, recombining the genetic constitution of texts from the Shakespearean sonnet and the fairy story to airline defense directions and direct mail. The poet admits to being "licked in all places by way of the English tongue," and the name of this booklet may perhaps remind readers that an intimate accomplice who additionally provides language classes is named, euphemistically, a "pillow dictionary."
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