Denise Duhamel's most recent book is The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of Crab Orchard Review's poetry prize and forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press.) Her other books and chapbooks of poetry include: Exquisite Politics (with Maureen Seaton, Tia Chucha Press, 1997), Kinky (Orchises Press, 1997), Girl Soldier (Garden Street Press, 1996), and How the Sky Fell. (Pearl Editions, 1996.)

Her work has been anthologized widely in such volumes as The Best American Poetry 1998, The Best American Poetry 1994, and The Best American Poetry 1993. She has performed her poetry--subjects ranging from Barbie dolls, Inuit mythology, fairy tales, and pop songs-- through such venues as National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," The Academy of American Poets, and the Poetry Society of America. Among her awards are grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

She is married to the debonair poet
Nick Carbo.

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Denise Duhamel


    She lies on her girlfriend's bed looking at the pictures in her girlfriend's husband's Playboy. The big artificial breasts like glazed holiday breads on the cover of Family Circle. It' s all the same: the body varnish that glistens women and turkeys, that sells them. This is how she feels about it politically anyway--angry, threatened, misrepresented. But her clit begins rising against her will, like a new tooth through resistant gum and she hates her body for being aroused, her own skin soft and spread, a dull white finish, poultry before it's cooked, something no one would want to buy or eat.

    This poem means I'm skipping breakfast, that I set my alarm an hour early. The other thing I hate, more than the teaching, more than the meetings, more than the politics which are as complicated as Bosnia, are the shoes. My sweet year of unemployment, I had soft feet, nestled in warm socks all day. My toes went braless and never once did my breasts know the snug laces of winter boots. Now I'm confined for all those hours at the chalkboard, at the desk.


Chapbook Selections:

The Little I Know About Eyes


The Threat

One Afternoon When Barbie Wanted to Join the Military

Skipping Breakfast

The Star Spangled Banner

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