Blowout

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Blowout

By Denise Duhamel

University of Pittsburgh Press, Paperback, 9780822962366, 104pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2013

Description
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award.
In "Blowout, " Denise Duhamel asks the same question that Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers asked back in 1954"Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" Duhamel's poems readily admit that she is a love-struck fool, but also embrace the "crazy wisdom" of the Fool of the Tarot deck and the fool as entertainer or jester. From a kindergarten crush to a failed marriage and beyond, Duhamel explores the nature of romantic love and her own limitations. She also examines love through music, film, and historyMichelle and Barak Obama's inauguration and Cleopatra's ancient sex toy. Duhamel chronicles the perilous cruelties of love gone awry, but also reminds us of the compassion and transcendence in the aftermath. In "Having a Diet Coke with You," she asserts that "love poems are the most difficult poems to write / because each poem contains its opposite its loss / and that no matter how fierce the love of a couple / one of them will leave the other / if not through betrayal / then through death." Yet, in "Blowout, " Duhamel fiercely and foolishly embraces the poetry of love.


About the Author
Denise Duhamel is professor of English at Florida International University and the author of numerous poetry collections, including "Ka-Ching, Two and Two, " and "Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems." Duhamel has written five chapbooks of poetry and coedited, with Maureen Seaton and David Trinidad, "Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. "The recipient of numerous awards, including an NEA fellowship, she has been anthologized widely, including "Penguin Academics: Contemporary American Poetry; Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else; "and "Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR s All Things Considered. "Duhamel is guest editor for "The Best American Poetry 2013.""