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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.

Credit


From Kinky, Orchises Press, 1997. Reprinted with permission of Denise Duhamel.

Author


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