Friday, May 22, 2009
Poetry Reading: Books & Books
Since it was Florida, since it was Books and Books, the reading was festive and off beat. While some people drank wine, Denise Duhamel led off with "Delta Flight 659, to Sean Penn," which she calls a "mock sestina," with every line ending with a variation of the actor's last name. The reading was taped, and Denise encouraged us to clap hard because she said--with ironic humor--the video might be shown on TV and make her famous. She read another sestina, "I Dreamed I Wrote a Sestina in My Maidenform Bra"--"A-cup breasts," "nubbins"; "Be-cups," "snubbins"; "C-cups droopers"; "D-cups super droopers"--and held up a poster of the fireman's and her favorite Maidenform ad, "I dreamt I went to blazes in my Maidenform bra."