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reader recommendation: poet Denise Duhamel

photo by Nick Carbó

photo by Nick Carbó

Dustin Brookshire wrote in to recommend two books by Denise Duhamel, Kinky (Orchises Press, 1997) and Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009). Her other titles include Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005)–winner of Binghamton University’s Milt Kessler Book Award, Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel, 2005), Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001), and The Star-Spangled Banner (Southern Illinois UP, 1999).

Here’s Dustin on why he recommends this poet’s work:

Denise Duhamel can make you laugh, cry, think, and want to grab a pen to write, and she can do it all within a single poem. Yes, she is that talented! Kumin, Sexton, Plath, and Bishop are all names we recognize from our high school and college text books, Duhamel will join their ranks. Denise Duhamel is a queen of American poetry.

You can read “Kinky”, “Lawless Pantoum,” and other poems by Duhamel at

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