Best Local Poet (2001)
Barbie squeezes the small opening under her chin
Over Ken's bulging neck socket. His wide jaw line jostles
Atop his girlfriend's body, loosely,
Like one of those novelty dogs
Destined to gaze from the back windows of cars.
The poem goes on to depict a strange sexual encounter that turns gender identity on its head. Duhamel seems to make the mind's strange, everyday meanderings artful, and she imparts upon all of us a delightful sense that we, too, live in a poem.