Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Body of Work Is Very Similar to My Corporeal Body


Denise Duhamel

My body of work is very similar to my corporal body. I often employ traditional forms (Spanx/dieting) but just as often revert to a more copious mode (cake/lazy afternoons). In that I wear little makeup (sensitive skin/feminist stance) I use few purely poetic flourishes except for rhyme—both internal and end line (lipstick/nail polish) conceding to self-conscious artifice. Perhaps because I grew up Catholic, I am drawn to acrostics (crosses) and punitive syllable counting (the rosary). I am interested in bodies seen and not seen (bikinis, muumuus, the dead and not-yet-born), poems written and yet-to-be-written. Holy ghost poems that cannot be read but only felt.


  1. this girl is not a poacher - she is fully authorized - and the revenue from her hunts goes to fund conservation activities - she loves animals and also loves killing them

  2. in other news...

    Eve Plumb: 'The Brady Bunch' Actress Sells Malibu Home She Purchased at Age 11

    Plumb, who played Jan Brady, purchased the three-bedroom bungalow on Escondido Beach in 1969 for $55,300, the Los Angeles Times reported last week. It sold in late June for $3.9 million.

  3. Yes, the DARK. Welcome back to the hotter portion of the East Coast after the rugged Maine vacay.

    Thanks for the link, as ever. I'm done with Frameworks—for now.

  4. speaking of "body", elif batuman [] arranges prompts from the MMPI to produce

    I am not afraid of toads
    My father could be described as dominating
    I do not like to see men in their pajamas
    I do not like to hear strangers singing
    Someone has been trying to get into my car
    I wake up fresh and rested most mornings
    I think I would like the work of a librarian
    There seems to be a lump in my throat much of the time
    My sex life is satisfactory
    I have not lived the right kind of life
    I hardly ever feel pain in the back of the neck
    I am an important person
    My soul sometimes leaves my body