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Mona Van Duyn
“There is no disorder but the heart's.”
“I bless / all knowledge of love, all ways of publishing it.”
“One could not live without delicacy, but when / I think of love I think of the big, clumsy-looking / hands of my grandmother, each knuckle a knob ...”
“'Love' is finding the familiar dear. / 'In love' is to be taken by surprise.”
“The end / of passion / may refashion / a friend.”
“In politics, arts / no issue's dramatic / nor will 'play' till its heart's / simplified to fanatic.”
“For what is story if not relief from the pain of the inconclusive, from dread of the meaningless?”
Mona Van Duyn, U.S. poet
(1921 - 2004)