Denise Duhamel

(1961 / Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

Denise Duhamel Poems

1. Ego 12/20/2014
2. Exquisite Candidate 12/23/2011
3. Exquisite Politics 12/23/2011
4. Lawless Pantoum 12/23/2011
5. The Bottom 12/23/2011
6. Delta Flight 659 12/23/2011
7. Sex With A Famous Poet 12/23/2011
8. Yes 1/13/2003
9. Ai 1/13/2003
10. Buying Stock 1/13/2003
11. The Threat 1/13/2003
12. Crater Face 1/13/2003
13. June 1/13/2003
14. On Being Born The Same Exact Day Of The Same Exact Year As Boy George 1/13/2003
15. Snow White's Acne 1/13/2003
16. Kinky 1/13/2003
17. Buddhist Barbie 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Denise Duhamel

Buddhist Barbie

In the 5th century B.C.
an Indian philosopher
Gautama teaches 'All is emptiness'
and 'There is no self.'
In the 20th century A.D.
Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man
with such a belly could pose,
smiling, and without a shirt.

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They decide to exchange heads.
Barbie squeezes the small opening under her chin
over Ken's bulging neck socket. His wide jaw line jostles
atop his girlfriend's body, loosely,
like one of those novelty dogs
destined to gaze from the back windows of cars.
The two dolls chase each other around the orange Country Camper
unsure what they'll do when they're within touching distance.
Ken wants to feel Barbie's toes between his lips,

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