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Author: VAN DUYN, MONA
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Van Duyn, Mona    Poet's Biography
58 poems available by this author


A BOUQUET OF ZINNIAS    Poem Text    
First Line: One could not live without delicacy, but when
Last Line: Bruisable petals curve sweetly over their centers
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


A CHRISTMAS CARD, AFTER THE ASSASSINATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: What is to be born already fidgets in the stem
Last Line: Who forms himself from a wish, our best or last
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


A GARLAND FOR CHRISTOPHER SMART    Poem Text    
First Line: For cosmos, which has too much to live up to
Subject(s): Flowers; God; Smart, Christopher (1722-1771)


A KIND OF MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Irrelevance charactizes the behavior of our puppy
Subject(s): Dogs; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


A SERIOUS CASE    Poem Text    
First Line: If we happen to choke ujp on history, none too soon
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


A SMALL EXCURSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Take a trip with me
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


A TIME OF BEES    Poem Text    
First Line: All day my husband pounds on the upstairs porch
Subject(s): Bees; Marriage; Beekeeping; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ADVICE TO GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Before you leave her, the woman who though you lavish
Subject(s): God; Farewell; Parting


BIRTHDAY CARD FOR A PSYCHIATRIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Your friends come fondly to your living room
Last Line: To join us in this neurotic enterprise
Subject(s): Christmas Cards; Psychiatry


CLOSURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Line fourteen / closes


DEATH BY AESTHETICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the doctor, an abstracted lover
Subject(s): Physicians; Examinations; Women Patients; Doctors


EARTH TREMORS FELT IN MISSOURI    Poem Text    
First Line: The quake last night was nothing personal
Last Line: Whose bright ordeal leaves cool men woebegone
Subject(s): Earthquakes; Missouri


ENDINGS: 2    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Setting the v.C.R. When we go to bed
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


EROS TO HOWARD NEMEROV    Poem Text    
First Line: It's funny, howard, I never thought I'd be
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Nemerov, Howard (1920-1991)


EXTRA TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Today the morning paper's nearly buried
Subject(s): Newspapers; Journalism; Journalists


FALLING IN LOVE AT SIXTY-FIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is like the first and last time I tried a coleman
Last Line: To answer what was being insisted on
Subject(s): Books; Insects; Maine (State); Night; Old Age; Love Nature Of; Reading; Bugs; Bedtime


FOR MAY SWENSON    Poem Text    
First Line: The world beside this one, imagination's egg
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


GLAD HEART AT THE SUPERMARKET    Poem Text    
First Line: Still more regimented than the daily run
Subject(s): Supermarkets; Food & Eating


HOMEWORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Lest the fair cheeks begin their shrivelling
Last Line: I cupboarded these pickled peaches in time's despite
Subject(s): Literary Form; Peaches; Time


IN BED WITH A BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: In police procedurals they are dying all over town,
Subject(s): Books; Crime & Criminals; Reading


IN THE COLD KINGDOM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Poised upside down on its duncecap
Subject(s): Ice Cream


INSIDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Within / the stout


LATE LOVING    Poem Text    
First Line: If in my mind I marry you every year
Last Line: That the house is filled again with the odor of ointment
Subject(s): Love; Old Age


LEDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Not even for a moment. He knew, for one thing, what he was
Last Line: And melted away in the storm of everyday life
Subject(s): Leda; Mythology - Classical


LEDA RECONSIDERED    Poem Text    
First Line: She had a little time to think
Last Line: Almost with tenderness
Subject(s): Birds; Leda; Mythology - Classical; Swans


LETTERS FROM A FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Ulcerated tooth keeps me awake, there is
Last Line: So the world woos its children back for an evening kiss
Subject(s): Fathers; Letters


LIVES OF THE POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was fortunate enough to have
Subject(s): Poetry & Poetgry; Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


LONG STRETCH MINIMALIST SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: You were out of town
Subject(s): Literary Prizes


MADRID, MAY 1977       
First Line: Tooting down the gran via
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MOCKINGBIRD MONTH    Poem Text    
First Line: A pupa of pain, I sat and lay one july
Last Line: I resolved to husband my own apprentice words
Subject(s): Mockingbirds


MR. AND MRS. JACK SPRAT IN THE KITCHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: About half a box
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Marriage; Women's Rights; Cookery; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


NEAR CHANGES    Poem Text    
First Line: Bob holt, a 20-year-old seattle man


OPEN LETTER FROM A CONSTANT READER    Poem Text    
First Line: To all who carve their love on a picnic table
Subject(s): Loneliness; Consolation; Letters


OPEN LETTER, PERSONAL    Poem Text    
First Line: My friends: if thirty people gather in a room
Subject(s): Letters; Friendship; Fidelity; Faithfulness; Constancy


PASSING THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: It must be peaceful to come to the end
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PHOTOGRAPHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Take what you want, we'll throw the rest away
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Memory; Parents; Parenthood


POETS IN LATE WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The poets of missouri stare at astonishing winter
Last Line: And ends that tiny, unearthly song
Subject(s): Nature; Birds; Winter


SINCE YOU ASKED ME ....    Poem Text    
First Line: For the sweet sake of inscapes
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SONNET FOR MINIMALISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: From a new peony
Last Line: But it could be worse
Subject(s): Literary Form


THE BALLAD OF BLOSSOM    Poem Text    
First Line: The lake is known as west branch pond
Subject(s): Owls; Cows; Nature; Dogs


THE BEGINNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The end / of passion
Subject(s): Friendship


THE BURNING OF YELLOWSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Squaring their papers - tap, tap - the news team
Subject(s): Yellowstone National Park


THE CASE OF THE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drinking the seconal dissolved in bourbon
Subject(s): Illness


THE CHALLENGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Old liar, death, do you think I don't see you?
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE CREATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that I know you are gone
Subject(s): Mourning; Death; Bereavement; Dead, The


THE GARDENER TO HSI GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: I pray that the great world's flowering stay as it is
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardenng; God; Prayer


THE GENTLE SNORER    Poem Text    
First Line: When summer came, we locked up our lives and fled
Subject(s): Vacation; Snoring


THE GOOD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It is almost unbearably harmonious
Subject(s): Nature; Animals


THE MISER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was out last night
Subject(s): Self; Reality; Misers; Obsessions


THE VISION TEST    Poem Text    
First Line: My driver's license is lapsing and so I appear
Last Line: For normal people who know where they want to go
Subject(s): Literary Form; Examinations; Vision; Driving & Drivers


THE WISH TO BE BELIEVED    Poem Text    
First Line: It is never enough to know what you want
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


THREE VALENTINES TO THE WIDE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The child disturbs our view. Tow-head bent, she
Last Line: Love and art, which are compassionate
Subject(s): Valentine's Day


TO A FRIEND WHO THREW AWAY HAIR DYES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Surely history's seen a happy ruler!
Subject(s): Time


TOWARD A DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is to make a fill, not find a land
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TWO POEMS, WITH BIRDS: 1. ADDENDUM TO ANY DAY, POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Assume, in a bird's eye, the world as a dainty bulge
Subject(s): Birds; Thought; Thinking


VIEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: I fly all the time, and still I'm afraid to fly
Subject(s): Air Travel; Fear


WHAT I WANT TO SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is as simple as it can be
Subject(s): Honesty


WHAT THE MOTORCYCLE SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Br-r-r-am-m-m, rackety-am-m, om, am
Subject(s): Motorcycles And Motorcycling; Sound