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Author: VAN DUYN, MONA
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Van Duyn, Mona    Poet's Biography
133 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


ACCUSATION       
First Line: I accuse the earth of uncaring
Last Line: One broken wing can be mended, %for no lie can conceal the truth &that our kind was built to be cari


ADDENDUM FOR A FUTURE VISIT TO THE HECHT STUDY: 1       
First Line: Someone once described the japanese garden
Last Line: Its grasp on our hearts being as miniature %as the memory of one faultless, serene day
Variant Title(s): Garde


ADDENDUM FOR A FUTURE VISIT TO THE HECHT STUDY: 2       
First Line: But there is another kind of garden, another
Last Line: Between marbles of calm athena and hurrying eros %where the beautiful folly of having lived can be s


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


AT THE NEW ORLEANS ZOO       
First Line: A four-legged bouquet of black peonies on tan hide
Last Line: What your mild genes, at the top of the flowery neck, told you you %saw


BALLOON GLOBE       
First Line: Knowing its nature, its soap-bubble fragility
Last Line: No need to write, 'dear--- %wish you were here.' %here we always are


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


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


BIRTHSTONES       
First Line: When I was young and we were poor
Last Line: Dazzled I walk the world my mother gave me, %whose stony streets are paved with emerald


BLOCK       
First Line: Childless, we bought the big brick house on the block
Last Line: Hot dogs or something like that, I said. Too late, %time inits merciless blindness, gave us children


BOUQUET OF ZINNIAS       
First Line: One could not live without delicacy, but when
Last Line: Welcome dutch irises whose transcendent blue, %bruisable petals curve sweetly over their center
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


BURNING OF YELLOWSTONE       
First Line: Squaring their papers - tap, tap - the news team finds
Last Line: Of its debt to the artistry of their beholding, %of their culpability for its final bloom


CARING FOR SURFACES       
First Line: Birds build but not I build, no, but wipe, time's wife
Last Line: Men carve, dig, break, plunge as I smooth, shine, spread


CERTAIN AGE (MINIMALIST SONNET)       
First Line: Say 'may I?'
Last Line: To say %I may


CHAGALL'S LES PLUMES EN FLEUR       
First Line: At first glimpse an unearthly efflorescence
Last Line: Then pretez-moi, I pray, pour ecrire un mot, %la plume, birds-in-blossom, mes pierrots!


CHOICE (MINIMALIST SONNET)       
First Line: Blind love, %awake, %will shove
Last Line: Untrue %to you


CHRISTMAS CARD, AFTER THE ASSASSINATIONS       
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


CLOSURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Line fourteen / closes


COMMENCEMENT       
First Line: In the mute beginning %the world was with god
Last Line: For earth's radiant star %with their standing ovation


CONDEMNED SITE       
First Line: Peter, tom, david, jim and howard are gone
Last Line: A house of shades is crumpled by life, the great stock exchanger


COTTON WAGONS       
First Line: Down highways walled with green, both leafed and pine
Last Line: For mixing five-spice powder and soya in a paste. %I rub the paste on the cold skin with my fingers


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


DOUBLE SONNET FOR MINIMALISTS       
First Line: The spiral shell


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


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


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


EXTRA TIME       
First Line: Today the morning paper's nearly buried
Last Line: In black and white, yet feel time's heavy steps %as extra, the heart's path to a buried light?


FALLEN ANGEL       
First Line: Not from rebellion does the angel fall
Last Line: And the angel smiles and sinks, safe for us all, %in a grave, sweet, sticky foam of memory


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


FALLING IN LOVE AT SIXTY-FIVE       
First Line: It is like the first and last time I tried a coleman
Last Line: In answer to what was being insisted on
Subject(s): Books; Insects; Maine (state); Night


FERRIS WHEEL       
First Line: It revolves, the great segmented seedpod


FIRST TRIP THROUGH THE AUTOMATIC CARWASH       
First Line: Clamped to another will, the self in its glass
Last Line: A hoot from behind makes her shift to self-control, %and the muddle of everywhere falls on her clear


FOOTNOTES TO 'THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BETRAND RUSSELL': (2)       
First Line: This seems, in a world where love must take its chances
Last Line: The bed whereon seven pairs of canine eyes %would gaze at each other with a wild surmise


FOR DAVID KALSTONE       
First Line: Chronos gathered the gods one day on their mountain
Last Line: And a loving heart.' but that god could not look. %the eyes of eros were blind with his own tears


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


FOR MAY SWENSON       
First Line: The sorld beside this one, imagination's egg
Last Line: Moved quietly to that shining, intimate %open place in the shell and entered it


FROM THE MANTEL       
First Line: Out of mexico
Last Line: The grace one can show %at each dark surprise, %the helpless sorrow %of being wise


GARDENER TO HIS GOD       
First Line: I pray that the great world's flowering stay as it is
Last Line: Down, down into the great world's flowering


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


GLAD HEART AT THE SUPERMARKET       
First Line: Still more regimented than the daily runs
Last Line: In mind today, I picked out produce I needed. %something called jicama rolled and fell at my feet


HAVE YOU SEEN ME?       
First Line: My face in your mail
Last Line: Someone wants me %to be where I'm not


HEADLINES       
First Line: The great black bellow tells us together


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


HOMEWORK       
First Line: Lest the fair cheeks begin their shrivelling
Last Line: I cupboard these pickled peaches in time's despite
Subject(s): Literary Form


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 BED WITH A BOOK       
First Line: In police procedurals they are dying all over town
Last Line: But all that's toward the end of the book. Meantime, tonight, %without a clue I enter sleep's little


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


INSIGHT LADY OF ST. LOUIS ON ZOOS       
First Line: The other day I had an insight
Last Line: I knew what book they would put in my zoo pen. %it would be that book, building bicycles


INTO MEXICO       
First Line: Past the angular maguey fields, a ride on the optic nerve
Last Line: Where the map bulges into belief, relief, presents sea, %mountains, macadam, presents a strange and


JOURNAL JOTTINGS       
First Line: Along each one-hour segment of the unimaginable
Last Line: In a concert hall I never hear %the first note of a symphony %without tears coming to my eyes


LAST WORDS OF PIG NO. 6707       
First Line: The width of one of my bristles lies between


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


LATE LOVING       
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


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       
First Line: Not even for a moment. He knew, for one thing, what he was
Last Line: She married a smaller man with a beaky nose, %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


LEDA RECONSIDERED       
First Line: She had a little time to think
Last Line: Her hand moved into the dense plumes %on his breast to touch%the utter stranger
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


LETTERS FROM A FATHER       
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


LINES WRITTEN IN A GUEST BOOK       
First Line: Both god and the gods in righteous anger hurled
Last Line: It's a classic dish that has come to stay, %so for life's pot-luck, here's a heart brulee


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


LONG STRETCH MINIMALIST SONNET       
First Line: You were out of town
Last Line: But here, loving each other, %it's easy to know %who the real winners are


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


MADRID, MAY 1977       
First Line: Tooting down the gran via
Last Line: And a share of responsibility for the world
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEMOIR       
First Line: As the conch tells the human ear


MINIMALIST SONNETS       
First Line: Line fourteen %closes %to serene
Last Line: So happy %to bicker %and win, %to be %in that thicker %skin


MIRANDA GROWS UP (MINIMALIST SONNET)       
First Line: Prospero %foreknew %what snow
Last Line: Brave %new world


MISERS       
First Line: On the streets of new york I've seen them rummaging, the grizzled
Last Line: He bends down and takes it, thinking, 'I saw it, it is mine.' %only the rich-the gifted-know how to


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


MOCKINGBIRD MONTH       
First Line: A pupa of pain, I sat and lay one july
Last Line: Tribute to his voice. Leaving my pencils at home, %I resolved to husband my own apprentice words
Subject(s): Birds


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


MR. AND MRS. JACK SPRAT IN THE KITCHEN       
First Line: About half a box'
Last Line: And cracked, scraped, old %still the bowl glows gold


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


NEAR CHANGES       
First Line: Bob holt, a 20-year-old seattle man
Last Line: Bob holt was coasting in for a landing, %without flapping his wings


ON A MAJOLICA SUNFLOWER PLATE AMERICAN, EARLY 1880'S       
First Line: Near to the sun, the sunflower faces him
Last Line: Till, near to the sun, a new sunflower faces him, %her face the food of song, death's antonym


ON RECEIVING A POSTCARD FROM JAPAN       
First Line: If you can breakfast together,' the gods said
Last Line: And in tender aqueous light of early morning %eat a late breakfast of sea-weed where I drowned


ONE STRATEGY FOR LOVING THE WORLD       
First Line: To accept this vale
Last Line: Some loving apostle %whose gospel never reached %that heart's printing press


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


OUR BLOCK       
First Line: Three new babies are due all at once on the block,'
Last Line: Couples, frail graybeards, gays - 'hello? Good-bye?' %reaching out of the newborn blue of the sky


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


PASSING THOUGHT       
First Line: It must be peaceful to come to the end
Last Line: Is wiped quickly, guiltlessly away, %being nothing more meaningful than that


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


PIGEON EGGS       
First Line: Some days, these days, the world's too hot to handle
Last Line: Then howie came home and hugged me! Those were the days! S wings


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


POETS IN LATE WINTER       
First Line: The poets of missouri stare at astonishing winter
Last Line: He tries to hum again, but chokes up %and ends that tiny, unearthly song
Subject(s): Nature


POETS' PAINT POTS: EXTENDED MINIMALIST SONNET       
First Line: My poems are not dick wilbur!'
Last Line: His perfect carnal weight, %alive in transparent form


RECOVERY       
First Line: In mexico the little mixed herds come home in the evening


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


SONNET FOR MINIMALISTS       
First Line: From a new peony
Last Line: The world's perverse, %but it could be worse
Subject(s): Literary Form


STREAM       
First Line: Four days with you, my father three months dead
Last Line: Here at my feet I see, after sixty years, %the welling water-to which I add these tears


TALKER       
First Line: One person present steps on his pedal of speech
Last Line: I think he only loves himself out loud


TEARS       
First Line: All spring the grim machines ground out the verdict
Last Line: Don't cry in an open wound,' news headlines blazoned. %'ai ds-related virus found in tears!'
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


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


THREE VALENTINES TO THE WIDE WORLD: 3       
First Line: When, in the middle of my life, the earth stalks me
Last Line: Love and art, which are compassionate
Subject(s): Middle Age; Women


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


TO A FRIEND WHO THREW AWAY HAIR DYES       
First Line: Surely history's seen a happy ruler!
Last Line: At their first sight on the balcony of a beautiful, %brilliant head wearing its first cold crown


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


TOWARD A DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE       
First Line: It is to make a fill, not find a land
Last Line: Of marriage, which is the politics of love
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


TWINS       
First Line: My sweet-faced, tattle-tale brother was born blind
Last Line: My painted person crouched in his painted heart


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


VIEW       
First Line: You drive, the road aims for a mountain
Last Line: I'm admiring the scenery, and am o.K


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


VIEWS: FIRST POET       
First Line: I fly all the time, and still I'm afraid to fly
Last Line: Surely god has no special fate in mind for them, %I tell myself, lik a plane falling out of the sky


VISION TEST       
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


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


WHAT THE MOTORCYCLE SAID       
First Line: Br-r-r-am-m-m, rackety-am-m, om, am
Last Line: All - gr-r-rin, oooohgah, gl-l-utton-- %am, the world's my smilebutton
Subject(s): Motorcycles And Motorcycling; Sound


WORDS FOR THE DUMB       
First Line: And if there are no children? The same gear
Last Line: Pumpkin seeds, gazing into her own, %puzzled, imploring. Shesmiles, tears' veteran