Denise Duhamel

Marlon Portales

SEX is a poem by Guggenheim fellow Denise Duhamel, published exclusively by theVERSEverse, and visually interpreted by Cuban artist Marlon Portales.

Portales graduated from Havana’s Higher Institute of Art (ISA) with honors. His practice is multidisciplinary and includes diverse media, such as painting, installation, video art, photography, performance and NFTs. His views in the fields of politics and ideals yield works that carry evident sociological and philosophical quests. Ultimately, through his work, he aims at engaging the observer in a dialogue about different point of views as well as universally shared reflections.

Part of theVERSEverse’s inaugural collection.


It’s mind
over batter,
that melting
butter pad,
that sizzle
and bubble
in the pan.
When you see
the edges go gold
like a halo,