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Mona Van Duyn

  • There is no disorder but the heart's.

    • Mona Van Duyn,
    • "The Gardener to His God," A Time of Bees ()
  • I bless / all knowledge of love, all ways of publishing it.

    • Mona Van Duyn,
    • "Open Letter From a Constant Reader," To See, To Take ()
  • 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 ...

    • Mona Van Duyn,
    • "A Bouquet of Zinnias," Near Changes ()
  • 'Love' is finding the familiar dear. / 'In love' is to be taken by surprise.

    • Mona Van Duyn,
    • "Late Loving," Near Changes ()
  • The end / of passion / may refashion / a friend.

    • Mona Van Duyn,
    • "The Beginning," Firefall ()
  • In politics, arts / no issue's dramatic / nor will 'play' till its heart's / simplified to fanatic.

    • Mona Van Duyn,
    • "Minimalist Sonnet Translations," Firefall ()
  • For what is story if not relief from the pain of the inconclusive, from dread of the meaningless?

    • Mona Van Duyn

Mona Van Duyn, U.S. poet

(1921 - 2004)