Queen for a Day

Selected and New Poems

I have the pleasure of knowing Denise Duhamel, and I have the pleasure of being familiar with many of the contexts in many of her poems. But her poems are almost always — and delightfully so — feel fictive to me. Their tones and slants enter materials in unsuspecting ways. But I think the poems feel fictive for me mainly because they are so authentic. They dream. They politicize. They create possibilities which make me want to read and write and live. That the poems often make me laugh or wonder is pure gravity.
Michael Burkhard

There’s no predicting a Denise Duhamel poem, except that it might be about something you’ve never seen in a poem before: Mr. Donut, Rodney King, or nude beaches; Gertrude Stein, phone sex, or the Girl Scouts. Poems from The Woman with Two Vaginas, a book that was censored when it first appeared, are based on Inuit folklore. How the Sky Fell offers revisionist fairy tales, and the poems from Kinky are inspired by Barbie dolls. In her new work, Duhamel suffers postmodern angst when using the “therapeutic I.” Denise Duhamel has startled readers of American poetry with work that pirouettes on a tightrope above the personal and the political, the spoken word and the page, the irreverent and the sacred. Queen for a Day showcases poems from her five previous collections, along with new work.

120 Pages, 6 x 8.7 in.

February, 2001

isbn : 9780822957621

about the author

Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel’s previous book of poetry, Blowout, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching!, Two and Two, Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems, The Star-Spangled Banner, and Kinky. Duhamel is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenhiem Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is professor of English at Florida International University in Miami.

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