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


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,
take off one of her legs and force his whole arm inside her.
With only the vaguest suggestion of genitals,
all the alluring qualities...

Read the full of Kinky


There is a chimp named Ai who can count to five.
There's a poet named Ai whose selected poems Vice
just won the National Book Award.
The name 'Ai' is pronounced 'I'
so that whenever I talk about the poet Ai
such as I'm teaching Ai's poems again this semester
it sounds like I'm teaching my own poems
or when I say I love Ai's work
it sounds as if I'm saying I love my own poems

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