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Author: DUHAMEL, DENISE
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Duhamel, Denise    Poet's Biography
82 poems available by this author


A CONVERSATION IN STEREO    Poem Text    
First Line: There were always two of everything (one for each of us) but
Last Line: Tells a joke, how I kept the womb warm for the second one
Subject(s): Family Life


A FIRST-LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The static cracks like whips over lions
Last Line: By the precipitation of light falling from his humming tv
Subject(s): Hospitals; Love


AN ANSWER TO A QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: You said that if we could just touch
Last Line: To be home wherever we went.
Subject(s): Love – Erotic


APRIL 18, 1990    Poem Text    
First Line: My friend has cervical cancer
Last Line: That taste like beautiful pollution
Subject(s): Aids (Disease)


ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I was brought up in a working class family
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


AS IF LOVERS, BY VIRTUE OF WHAT THEY ARE CALLED, ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN HUSBANDS OR WIVES OR HOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I still remember john nickels poking me
Last Line: He must have thought he'd turn into a frog or something if he'd admit it
Subject(s): Teenagers


ASSUMPTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: First, I'm assuming that gravity is working.
Last Line: Are close to the same as mine


ASTHMA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the stadium theater, a movie about santa claus
Last Line: And if I could run up a hill if I were weightless
Subject(s): Asthma


BARBIE'S MOLESTER    Poem Text    
First Line: His penis rises before him, a compulsion. He would take hormones if
Last Line: He's doing things he never thought of
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your mother loomed all hips and breasts,
Last Line: Coat of feathers grew over you, trying to save you
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters


BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: I run into my old boyfriend's new boyfriend
Last Line: Boy, is this guy in for trouble
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


BUDDHIST BARBIE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the 5th century b.C.
Subject(s): Buddhism; Barbie (Doll); Buddha; Buddhists


BULIMIA    Poem Text    
First Line: A kiss has nothing to do with sex
Last Line: But in a dumpster way on the other side of town
Subject(s): Bulimia; Eating Disorders


BUYING STOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: I know you won't mind if I ask you to put this on.
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Birth Control; Contraception


CASINO        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Escalator Accidents


CHLAMYDIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sex was as beautiful as flowers.
Last Line: And meant only for one
Subject(s): Chlamydia; Love - Beginnings


CLITORIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Glistening comma
Last Line: Mighty red tongue
Subject(s): Female Circumcision


COCKROACHES    Poem Text    
First Line: That's what my father-in-law calls the american kids
Subject(s): Cockroaches


COMMUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: If daniel rakowitz had only dreamt
Last Line: And repentance, no one can ever truly destroy a spirit
Subject(s): Cannibalism; Rakowitz, Daniel (B. 1960)


DAVID LEMIEUX    Poem Text    
First Line: My first boyfriend is dead of aids. The one
Last Line: To reconnect to the ground. We were the ones
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


DELTA FLIGHT 659    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm writing this on a plane, sean penn,
Subject(s): Penn, Sean; Air Travel; Iraq War


DEPARTURE TO THE DEPTHS OF HEAVEN, VIA GRAND CENTRAL STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: It's closing, grand central station
Last Line: Where nothing looks particularly familiar yet is, like the hospital I can't remember, but in which I
Subject(s): Grand Central Station, New York City


DREAM, VAGINA DENTATA    Poem Text    
First Line: It has something to do with sex, I've read.
Last Line: And incisors from my antarctic mouth
Subject(s): Teeth; Toothaches


EASY    Poem Text    
First Line: In 1981 I was on a train in milan
Last Line: If it was true, if american girls were easy
Subject(s): Rape; Virtue


EGG ROLLS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was walking down first avenue and knew
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Roommates


EGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I just didn't get it
Subject(s): Schools; Self; Students


EMBARAZAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The dairy association's huge success with the campaign got milk? Prompted them to expand
Subject(s): Miscommunication; Language; Words; Vocabulary


ERNEST HEMINGWAY, YOUR MOTHER MADE YOU WEAR DRESSES UNTIL YOU WERE THREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, maybe that explains everything
Last Line: In an antique chair in which antique women actually gave birth?
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


EVERY MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, you say, as though an actor
Last Line: It streaked my hand, admittance, the color of my ticket stub
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Teenagers


EXQUISITE CANDIDATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I can promise you this: food in the white house
Subject(s): Politics And Politicians


FEAR ON 11TH STREET AND AVENUE A, NEW YORK CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the papers are saying pesticides will kill us
Last Line: Please, little girl, grow up to be pope or president
Subject(s): Fears; Girls


FEMINISM    Poem Text    
First Line: All over the world, little bees, star scouts
Subject(s): Baby Boom Generation; Women


FOR THE ONE MAN WHO LIKES MY THIGHS    Poem Text    
First Line: There was the expensive cream from france
Last Line: Then it made all the sense in the world
Subject(s): Thighs


FOUR HOURS    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister picks up her daughters at the bus stop
Last Line: Who love small animals and only want to help
Subject(s): Child Abuse


FROM LORCA'S DELI, NEW YORK CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The cashier who usually winks at me was watching the hanging tv over my shoulder -
Last Line: Now, that it was kind of like watching tv
Subject(s): Robbery


HIGH SCHOOL REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: The troublemaker has become a monk
Last Line: Of wishing suzy any harm at all
Subject(s): Reunions


ID    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm having coffee at the last stop with amy
Last Line: Of the article advised, so you should paraphrase
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963); Poetry & Poets


JUNG SAYS THE SOUL IS ROUND (TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK)    Poem Text    
First Line: Jung says the soul is round
Last Line: Over the fair round and round-freckled redhead
Subject(s): Tompkins Square Park (New York City)


JUST SAYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Since aids, a rape is worse than rape,
Last Line: Through a front door
Subject(s): Rape


KINKY    Poem Text    
First Line: They decide to exchange heads
Last Line: Their mirrored desires bubbling from the most unlikely places
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


KITCHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm jealous when my mother touches anything else.
Last Line: As though it were a chicken
Subject(s): Mothers


LAWLESS PANTOUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Men are legally allowed to have sex with animals,
Subject(s): Sexism


LOVE-STRUCK IN NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: I kiss a homeless woman on the lips,
Last Line: Towards him, well, they don't change
Subject(s): Love


MARY MOPPET'S DAYCARE CENTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I call the police to report the bruises, on my way to work buy a few boxes of cookie
Last Line: Meg leaves mary moppet's when she gets enough gigs. Angela goes to mexico. She's getting married, wa
Subject(s): Day Care


MöBIUS STRIP: TRUE OR FALSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm pretty


MILLE ET UN SENTIMENTS (PREMIERS CENTS)    Poem Text    
First Line: 1. I feel as though something is terribly wrong
Last Line: I feel the humming of my hummingbird-heart, the one they gave me by mistake during the transplant
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


MR. DONUT    Poem Text    
First Line: They tumble from closing bars into here.
Last Line: Quiet hours before dawn
Subject(s): Waiters & Waitresses


MRS. SHAW'S CADILLAC    Poem Text    
First Line: When cindy shaw told me
Last Line: Sometimes as big as car fins
Subject(s): Women; Middle Age; Childhood Memories


MY MOTHER DREAMS: IF HER HUSBAND DIES, WHO WILL CUT THE LAWN?    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother drags her money across the street
Last Line: On my right knee, my father's on my left
Subject(s): Mothers


NEARLY DROWNING AT SIX    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue of bill's pet shop fish tank was all
Last Line: Sweet jesus. Her feet, I must kiss her feet
Subject(s): Drowning; Childhood Memories


NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE NOW BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: My father slides into third base
Last Line: Without gloves and a lit cigar in his mouth
Subject(s): Fathers; Illness


ODE TO THE FERRIS WHEEL, ON ITS NINETY-NINTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, mr. Ferris, what an invention!
Last Line: The luck of the circle and the sun
Subject(s): Ferris Wheels


ON BEING BORN THE SAME EXACT DAY OF THE SAME EXACT YEAR AS BOY GEORGE    Poem Text    
First Line: We must have clamored for the same mother, hurried for the same womb.
Last Line: But I can set it straight.
Subject(s): Birthdays; George, Boy (B. 1961); Baby Boom Generation; Women


ON THE M104    Poem Text    
First Line: The longing we know that does not have a name
Last Line: Their appearances so short, their bodies so small
Subject(s): Buses


POLLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: As a child visiting hampton beach,
Last Line: Of mutant delicious ultraviolet apples
Subject(s): Pollution


PORK    Poem Text    
First Line: No one warned me he'd long for loins and hocks
Last Line: I look down at my fuzzy slippers and feel better. Uncle waldo hated pig's feet
Subject(s): Marriage; Food & Eating; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PRAYER, OR NOSTALGIA FOR HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Please, just give me a map, and I'll follow it.
Last Line: On all of us, on each earth-bound beauty's sleeping cheek
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Death; Death; Depressions, Economic; Gambling; Modern Man


REMINDED OF MY BIOLOGICAL CLOCK -- WHILE LOOKING AT GEORGIA O'KEEFE'S PELVIS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I see so many things, a primitive ring,
Last Line: They can stay as long as they like
Subject(s): Pelvis


RIDING THE SUBWAY IN NEW YORK, I REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The time I was ten and walking
Last Line: Wherever I wanted
Subject(s): Dogs


SEX WITH A FAMOUS POET    Poem Text    
First Line: I had sex with a famous poet last night
Subject(s): Sex; Poetry & Poets


SMILE!    Poem Text    
First Line: My dentist was doctor alexander.
Last Line: Only their smiles left to grin and bear it
Subject(s): Dentists


SOMETIMES THE FIRST BOYS DON'T COUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking home through the woods from a movie at the plaza
Last Line: I swallowed like a brave girl, taking her medicine
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


SONG FOR ALL THE WOULD-HAVE-BEEN PRINCESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Song for all the would-have-been princesses
Last Line: Desire itself is shameful


STORIES FROM THE BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: He hopes I'm not squeamish about scars
Last Line: In the dark, on 11oth street, in august
Subject(s): Race Awareness; Human Body


TEN QUALITIES AS A COSMO GIRL I REALLY WANT IN MY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I want a boyfriend with antlers.
Last Line: As calm and easy to take care of as no-iron sheets


TESTAMENT OF SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: Every saturday the saxophone sage
Last Line: The sound before a great war
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THAT'S GOING TO MEAN SOMETHING LATER ON    Poem Text    
First Line: See the way she fumbles for her keys while he keeps talking
Last Line: And someone watching knows all of this means something
Subject(s): Relationships


THE BIG BLACK BOOK IS NOT IN HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, late at night my lover and I drove into the desert.
Last Line: Like neighbors, like light-oblivion shadows
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Nature


THE BOTTOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I stopped drinking on my way down the hill
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


THE BOY WHO DIMMED LIGHT BULBS    Poem Text    
First Line: For phil that's the way it started.
Last Line: Cleared his throat
Subject(s): Boys


THE JET LAG OF THE NEWLY DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: One definition of jet lag is the process of the soul
Last Line: About me than anyone, but you're quickly forgetting
Variant Title(s): The Therapist's Funera
Subject(s): Future Life; Jet Lag; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


THE NIGHT BEFORE FATHER'S DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The fireflies might have been bouncing balls in a sing-along.
Last Line: Regardless of me, regardless that I was planning my escape
Subject(s): Love - Age Differences


THE ORIGIN OF OLIVE OYL    Poem Text    
First Line: When olive was an embryo, she curled her thumbs
Last Line: Sometimes popeye smoked a pipe and sometimes he didn’t
Subject(s): Comic Strips; Popeye (Comic Strip); Women


THE PINK BUBBLE TECHNIQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: On shakti gawain's self help tape
Last Line: Left, for better, for worse, to fend for itself
Subject(s): Gawain, Shakti (B. 1948); Meditation


THE SKY SINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky sings in plurals.
Last Line: Reaping, always towards joy.
Subject(s): Sounds


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was sure then, as I sang along
Last Line: Ricky's accent so much like how she remembers yours
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


THE THREAT    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother pushed my sister out of the apartment door with an empty
Subject(s): Family Life; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Relatives; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


THE UGLY STEPSISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: You don't know what it was like
Last Line: Pressing hot match tips into her palm
Subject(s): Stepsisters


THE WOMAN WITH TWO VAGINAS    Poem Text    
Last Line: That he then cries out into her barren palms
Subject(s): Genitalia


WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK    Poem Text    
First Line: David didn't come to school tuesday,
Last Line: The best of definitions we could come up with
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


WHY, ON A BAD DAY, I CAN RELATE TO THE MANATEE    Poem Text    
First Line: The manatee tries a diet of only sea grass, but still stays fat.
Last Line: And believes in mating for life
Subject(s): Manatees


YES    Poem Text    
First Line: According to culture shock: / a guide to customs and etiquette
Last Line: What he means by his yes
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration