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Queen for a Day: Selected And New Poems

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Somewhere between Sex and the City, Sharon Olds and Spalding Grey lies the poetry of Denise Duhamel, who established herself as a vivacious, sarcastic, uninhibited observer of contemporary culture. Long fascinated by downtown New York, Duhamel got poetic mileage from her once-rough neighborhoods. Throughout the book, each poem is utterly engaging, as hard to abandon as a c...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 22nd 2001 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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This book of greatest hits draws from six books (plus some new poems) published in as many prolific writing years. The voice is bold and animated. The poems tend to be longer narratives, but move along with momentum and skillful attention to language and rhythm. Duhamel’s speaker is both vulnerable and commanding. She uses humor, irony, and an invigorated imagination to create work that reaches beyond its obvious political, social, and gender concerns
These poems are not the stuff I turn to in times of deep existential crises, nor would I turn to them to read to a beloved on his/her deathbed. However, these poems are just plain fun. They usually don’t take themselves too seriously and the tone is at once sassy and intelligent. Duhamel writes like Ani DiFranco sings. Brassy, sharp, a little repetitive, and a little indulgent— but always well worth jamming out to.
Poetry for when you want to bring out the feminist in you. There's a lot of humor in here with an undercurrent of sadness. I especially like the Barbie series of poems (One Afternoon When Barbie Wanted to Join the Military, etc.) and the poems told in the style of an Inuit tale (The Woman with Two Vaginas, etc.)

This is a collection of poems selected from several of her books published between 1993 and 2001.
I like Denise Duhamel and this collection has some gems. I agree with the review on the back that her titles make you want to read the texts they head, like Blue Beard's One-Hundredth Wife or Barbie as a Religious Fanatic or The Difference Between Pepsi and Pope. Funny and harsh and thoughtful.
I like funny poetry. In fact, I prefer funny poetry. Duhamel isn't just plain funny, or silly, or giggly. She's wry, snotty, quirky, strange and askew...which is sometimes the view we need of life to see truth...even when in an existential crisis.
Eh, something about it just doesn't seem all that fresh any more.

All the Barbie poems for example, despite being somewhat entertaining, seem overly ubiquitous and too easy.
john steven
aw, denise duhamel, i love you. i love you 'cause i want to be john ashbery, too, and 'cause you're everyone's favorite beautiful poetry aunt.
Aug 25, 2009 Deja rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
4 stars? 5 stars? 4 and a half?

Perhaps uneven in parts, but over all these are some of the best poems I've read in a long while.
Didn't like it as much as the Barbie collection.
Jul 27, 2007 Jenni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poets
Well edited selected. Many good poems.
Molly M M
Everything by her is probably golden.
Barbie poems! Enough said.
Bold and racy.
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Denise Duhamel's most recent books are Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel, 2005); Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001); The Star-Spangled Banner (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999); and Kinky (Orchises Press, 1997). A bilingual edition of her poems, Afortunada de mí (Lucky Me), translated...more
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