by Denise Duhamel

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Scald by Denise Duhamel

When her “smart” phone keeps asking her to autocorrect her name to Denise Richards, Denise Duhamel begins a journey that takes on celebrity, sex, reproduction, and religion with her characteristic wit and insight. The poems in Scald engage feminism in two ways—committing to and battling with—various principles and beliefs.  Duhamel wrestles with foremothers and visionaries Shulamith Firestone, Andrea Dworkin, and Mary Daly as well as with pop culture figures such as Helen Reddy, Cyndi Lauper, and Bikini Kill.  In dialogue with artists and writers such as Catherine Opie, Susan Faludi, and Eve Ensler, Duhamel tries to understand our cultural moment.  While Duhamel’s Scald can burn, she has more importantly taken on the role of the ancient Scandinavian “Skald,” one who pays tribute to heroic deeds.  In Duhamel’s case, her heroes are also heroines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822982456
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/30/2017
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry, Blowout, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching!, Two and Two, Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems, The Star-Spangled Banner, and Kinky. Duhamel is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenhiem Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She is professor of English at Florida International University in Miami.

Table of Contents

Contents For Shulie How Deep It Goes On the Occasion of Typing My First Email on a Brand-New Phone Helen Hamilton Gardener’s Brain People-ing Amazon Darwinian Pantoum Bikini Kill Villanelle The Immortal Jellyfish Conceptual Villanelle Reproduction Pantoum For Andrea Fornicating Dogs Sex Dream Memoir Reader/Writer Rated R Extreme Villanelle Porn Poem (with Andrea Dworkin) Canna The Tenants of Feminism Reading Maybe Your East Village Was Better Than Mine: A Braided Poem For Wickedary Mary Safety Pantoum Our Lady of the Milk Distinguished Snake Pantoum Scalding Cauldron The End Is Coming Humanity 101 Castrati of the Eighteenth Century What Child Is This? Pilgrims Americas Filling Station, 2012 Recycling The Things That Never Can Come Back Acknowledgments

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