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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.

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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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