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Thursday, March 26, 2009
MY (and I mean to capitalize "my" in that ultra-possessive, I'm so glad to have encountered this person's light in my life sort of way)...MY poetry professor's new book is out and I just posted a review of it on Amazon.com because I loved the book. It made me laugh, freakin' cry on an airplane, and it kinda became one of my newest and closest friends. I don't know about anyone else, but tears are my criteria for a Pulitzer Prize. Besides that, I genuinely love Denise Duhamel and I love Ka-Ching!. Buy it!!
I wish I could do so much more after all that she's done to help move me forward (16 letters of recommendation being only one of those things). She's everywhere...no, seriously...everywhere. I often browse blogs and I happen to run across someone interviewing her or just generally spewing Duhamel love (as I often do in real life lol). I've even been blog browsing and someone posts up interviews with her from years ago. That's because that light of hers I mentioned is real. That's the best way to describe her and I've heard others describe her the same way. All of that light is present in her newest collection, Ka-Ching! by the way.
In fact, I bought this other book Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns, and I was reading it, enjoying it and of course, she's got a poem and an essay in there too! She's everywhere lol.
People ask, "Can poetry matter?" Psssssshhhhhhh..obviously, it does matter to MY professor lol.
Alright enough. I do sincerely love her and I am actually in her Facebook fan club but even if I wasn't I'd still recommend this collection. She opened my eyes to the possibilities of what poems can do; I'd hate for anyone to miss out.
I started this blog as an unpublished poet who was desperate to be published and to get into an MFA program. This blog is a record of my successes and failures.
So far, my poetry has been published in Vinyl, Conte, North Central Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Assisi, Muzzle, Milk Money, Poetry Quarterly, Sugar House Review, PANK, and Tidal Basin Review, Thethe Poetry, and TORCH. I am a recent graduate of University of Virginia's Creative Writing MFA program in poetry, as well as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at Drake University, and a Creative Writing Instructor for Duke TIP.