Reading: Buddhist Barbie by Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel (b. 1961) is a poet from Rhode Island who experiments with form and subject, and engages in pop culture. Influences are Dylan Thomas and Kathleen Spivack. Today, I read a short and funny observation:

Buddhist Barbie
In the 5th century B.C.
an Indian philosopher
Gautama teaches ‘All is emptiness’
and ‘There is no self.’
In the 20th century A.D.
Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man
with such a belly could pose,
smiling, and without a shirt.

I’m gonna leave it here.
Denise also wrote about Snow White’s acne and stocking up on condoms.

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