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A Sentence About a Sentence I Love: Mother Fulcher

By D. A. Powell


“Smells like you been eating pussy.”

—Mother Fulcher

Recently, when someone posted on Twitter a photo of two dogs—one giving the other the stink eye—asking folks to caption it with only six words, I thought immediately of this sentence, which my late friend Press Fulcher used to say to her kids when she wanted them to brush their teeth: though it is simple and short, it still seems one of the most effective declarations, and, apparently, applicable in all sorts of settings.

D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch, Cocktails, Chronic (which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry).

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