Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001), The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of the Crab Orchard Award, SIU Press, 1999) and Kinky (Orchises Press, 1997). She is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.
poetry - an excerpt
In the beginning was the sea, all life-forms growing in the ocean. In the beginning was the moon, no gestation, no sperm, just tides— all life-forms growing in the ocean, a womb itself, primordial and marine. No gestation, no sperm, just tides of creatures born from embryos in a sea’s womb, primordial and marine. In the beginning, before the beginning of creatures born from embryos, was a meteor, the moon already there in the beginning. Before the beginning of the solar system was the Milky Way, which Aristotle praised in Meteoroligica. Before the universe itself—what?