Two and Two / Edition 1

Two and Two / Edition 1

by Denise Duhamel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822958716

ISBN-13: 9780822958710

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Denise Duhamel's much anticipated new collection begins with a revisionist tale—Noah is married to Joan of Arc—in a poem about America's often flawed sense of history. Throughout Two and Two, doubles abound: Noah's animals; Duhamel's parents as Jack and Jill in a near-fatal accident; an incestuous double sestina; a male/female pantoum; a dream

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Denise Duhamel's much anticipated new collection begins with a revisionist tale—Noah is married to Joan of Arc—in a poem about America's often flawed sense of history. Throughout Two and Two, doubles abound: Noah's animals; Duhamel's parents as Jack and Jill in a near-fatal accident; an incestuous double sestina; a male/female pantoum; a dream and its interpretation; and translations of advertisements from English to Spanish. In two Möbius strip poems (shaped like the Twin Towers), Duhamel invites her readers to get out their scissors and tape and transform her poems into 3-D objects.

At the book's center is "Love Which Took Its Symmetry for Granted," a gathering of journal entries, personal e-mails, and news reports into a collage of witness about September 11. A section of "Mille et un sentiments," modeled on the lists of Hervé Le Tellier, Georges Perec, and George Brainard, breaks down emotions to their most basic levels, their 1,001 tiny recognitions. The book ends with "Carbó Frescos," written in the form of an art guidebook from the 24th century.

Innovative and unpretentious, Duhamel uses twice the language usually available for poetry. She culls from the literary and nonliterary, from the Bible and product warning labels, from Woody Allen films and Hong Kong action movies—to say difficult things with astonishing accuracy. Two and Two is second to none.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822958710
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
126
Sales rank:
1,012,498
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Noah and Joan1
Egg rolls3
Crater face6
The problem with Woody Allen8
Incest taboo10
Napping on the afternoon of my thirty-ninth birthday16
Dream interpretations17
Our Americano19
Pituitary theft23
Warning27
Love which took its symmetry for granted30
The accident55
Mobius strip : forgetfulness58
Embarazar62
Lawless pantoum63
From Mille et un sentiments65
Mobius strip : love sex food death78
Beneficiary83
Carbo Frescos86

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