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.