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Kinky Paperback – March, 1997
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Denise Duhamel takes the reader on a journey through a wild array of Barbies by going into her many issues including love, body image, self worth, sexuality, race, self image, careers, and faith just to name a few. Sections are organized by Barbie's makeup. In Lipstick, Duhamel concentrates on race relations, how we treat minorities, various ethnicities and politics. Powder Blush gets a little into sexuality but is really more about relationships and major life events. The Mascara section covers body issues, reproduction and the importance we place on fashion over so many other more important things. In Eye Shadow, Duhamel takes us soul-searching with Barbie, and gets into her philosophy and faith.
Through the use of a cultural phenomena like Barbie, Duhamel's poetry appeals to a broad range of readers, literary and less so. Barbie is iconic and she has been marketed as everything from the all-American cheerleader to a veterinarian, a flight attendant and a pilot, and she's had editions in several ethnicities and as characters from several films.Read more ›
One of the poems is called Sister Barbie, and it imagines Barbie as if she were a nun. Well, I loaned the book to a classmate who was reading this poem out on the Quad, when a bird flew over and crapped right on the page! "It's a sign from above!" he laughed as he returned my book to me. I laughed nervously in response, but just a few weeks later, I left the religious order after four years as Brother Sean. Moral of the story? Kinky is one powerful book!
Someone stole my copy a few years ago, so I just bought myself another, and I'm not letting Barbie out of my sight now! Want to read Sister Barbie and all the other incredible poems in this collection? Well, you can't have my copy--so buy your own now!
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Denise Duhamel breaks open Mattel's Barbie: the toy, the icon, the impossibly-proportioned, the trapped in a box of race, gender, and beauty. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anne Elliott
Since her birth in 1959, Barbie has embodied our 20th century hopes and aspirations--a perfect body, perfect house, perfect partner, perfect clothes, perfect vacations. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Paolo & Francesca
I heard about this book from an Master's level english major who thought highly of it. I bought it and read it in one sitting. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Kay
book came very fast and is in amazing shape! no wear and tear and no high lighting. book arrived within a few days.Published on May 25, 2012 by Stephanie Bradford
I think this is my favorite poetry book. Just don't ask me to say why. Read more
Witty, surprising, and focused, Kinky is a book of poetry that I purchased a long time ago and reread almost every other week. I love Duhamel's sense of humor -- it is biting. Read morePublished on July 25, 2008 by PoetryTeacher
There's a rumor floating around that Duhamel's got a Selected Poems forthcoming from _________. (I don't want to start a stampede). It's about time. Read morePublished on May 11, 2000