is there a way to do a "SELECT * FROM OPENXML (handle, '/ROOT/item')"

where "handle" is the DOM "pointer" in VB created from
Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM")
xmlDoc.loadXML (xml_text_string)

basically i would like to use OPENXML with the XMLDOM created in VB but i cannot pass the actual XML string to OPENXML; i think it has to be the memory handle......?

thanks in advance.