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.
From Kinky, Orchises Press, 1997. Reprinted with permission of Denise Duhamel.
Born in 1961, Denise Duhamel is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, including Blowout (University of Pittsburgh, 2013).
Date Published: 1997-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/buddhist-barbie