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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Mana Van Duyn's most recent collection is splendidly varied: witty, moving, sometimes astonishing. As Howard Nemerov said of her last book.
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Mona Van Duyn is now Poet Laureate of the . Her most recent book, Near Changes, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1991. Her new collection, Firefall, is splendidly varied-witty, moving, and engaging. Online Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Apple Books Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Alibris Indigo Better World Books IndieBound.
Mana Van Duyn's most recent collection is splendidly varied: witty, moving, sometimes astonishing. A companion to this one, If It Be Not I: Collected Poems 1959-1982, restores to print in one substantial book all of her work from Merciful Disguises and Letters from a Father. As Howard Nemerov said of her last book, "It is not only that the best of her poems teaches us so much about life, but that life, over a long time, teaches us the truth about these poems.
Mona Jane Van Duyn (May 9, 1921 – December 2, 2004) was an American poet. She was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1992. Van Duyn was born in Waterloo, Iowa. She grew up in the small town of Eldora (pop. 3,200) where she read voraciously in the town library and wrote poems secretly in notebooks from her grade school years to her high school years. Van Duyn earned a . from Iowa State Teachers College in 1942, and an .
Mona Jane Van Duyn was an American poet. She was the first woman to be appointed poet laureate of the United States, serving from October 1992 to May 1993. Van Duyn taught literature and creative writing extensively. From 1950 to 1967 she was lecturer in English at University College, Washington University. She also taught at the University of Louisville. She lectured at the Salzburg (Austria) Seminar in American Studies and at the Sewanee Writers and the Breadloaf Writing Conferences.
Mona Van Duyn's poems, crammed with reality, present a curious case. Mona Van Duyn is a Midwesterner, and her poetry speaks expansively; her lines are loaded like a cornucopia with the things of this world. She has been much honored by the academy-a National Book Award and a Bollingen-but among the poets in New York she has few readers. That has to do with the nature of her reality: She writes as a wife, indeed as a housewife, putting up poems as another good woman might put up peaches (she can begin "An Essay on Criticism" with a description of making prepared onion soup).
Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 5: American Poets Since World War II, First Series. Valentines to the Wide World. New Rochelle, NY: 1959. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book.
Mona Van Duyn - Born in Iowa in 1921, poet Mona Van Duyn published many .
Mona Van Duyn - Born in Iowa in 1921, poet Mona Van Duyn published many collections of poetry and served as the . Poet Laureate from 1992-1993. Van Duyn's first collection of poems, Valentines to the Wide World (Cummington Publishing), was published in 1959, followed by A Time of Bees, which appeared as part of the University of North Carolina Press Contemporary Poetry Series in 1964. She became close friends with the poet James Merrill, and from 1964 through 1981 the two engaged in regular correspondence, which included exchanging poems by mail.
This generous selection of Mona Van Duyn’s distinguished, award-winning work spans four decades. In lively and varied forms, from her minimalist sonnets to her magisterial longer pieces, Van Duyn captures a multiplicity of worlds within her world, in a tone inflected by both Midwestern pragmatism and a deep metaphysical intelligence. As she contemplates the act of reading in bed, a Rhenish sculpture in the Cloisters, or the loss of her mother, the poet goes beyond context to discover consciousness: an expression of the larger ideas and emotions-finally, the art-in the smallest details of our lives.