Thursday, February 14, 2013

Praise for Danielle Cadena Deulen

I had the privilege of attending a fantastic reading by poet and nonfiction writer, Danielle Cadena Deulen.  I just finished teaching her lovely book, Lovely Asunder, and it's definitely worth checking out.  I especially admire her lyricism and stylistic range and based on my students' responses, they really dug it, too.  Need proof? Here's a sample poem:

I Want You Dangerously
by Danielle Cadena Deulen

open. But I am a woman, so cannot
              open you the way I would if (at the hinge
                            of your spine, the tight latch

of your knees) I had a key, or hammer. I mean
              no violence, just as good men
                            never mean violence,

but still I tremor, tremor. Your mouth
              a ruin—your eyes like the dark ascending
                            wings of a bird—

I watch magpies destroy
              the nests of sparrows. Pillage.
                            Plunder. If I were a Viking, I'd take you

home, my only and best prize.
              I'd marry you to my bones.
                            Oh, tell me you want my

burnt sage, saltwater scent—my barricade
              across the roads of your body—or tell me
                            to leave you the fuck alone, and I'll go

further inland, like a lenient
              hurricane—all of your beautiful
                            levies intact.

She has a great sense of humor, too, and gave a very insightful talk to our graduate and undergraduate students.  Oh, I should also add that her fiance, Max Stinson, happens to be a fantasy fan so we were able to geek out and talk about George Martin, Raymond Feist, Robert Jordan, etc.  Poetry and fantasy in one night?  I never would have thought it possible!

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