At the old curiosity shop
“come” said the shopkeeper,
“I have here a bottle for you,
flavours to colour your work.”
Opening an ornate cupboard,
he pulled out the Greek Ones
each rich with use, like wine
the older the better the bottles.
“They go well with any dish,
colouring the social,
abstracting the cultural
peppering it into logical bytes.
If I may also show you Europe’s Greats,
always popular, they transform your everyday
into what EVERYONE would say.
If you should choose
to puzzle your reader so,
I have the special Post-Modern with which
anyone or anything may, anywhere go.
We have discounts going on F Universals
on Foucault, Friedman, and Freud
but I recommend Marx at 50% off
and the phenomenologists are going free!
Buy some, use some
make your data shine,
write well, mean well,
put in Delueze, Kant or Quine.
Borrowing from men of words
we have the Literary Selection
these add taste to anything
you intend to cook.
If you don’t like names,
we have the Concept Collection
the gender, the social, or the sciences,
our geographical special, the post-colonial.
a do-it-yourself theory
I have here for you
fraught with danger
with a rare promise of fame.
Don’t ignore the wares of my shop
what you do is never enough
“where is the theory?” they would wonder,
for without it, an ethnographic dish
is uncooked and raw.