Van Duyn, Mona

Van Duyn, Mona (1921 - 2004)


For more poems, see the Academy of America Poets


  • Earth Tremors Felt in Missouri
  • Endings
  • Letters from a Father

and The Poetry Foundation


  • "The Wish To Be Believed"
  • A Bouquet of Zinnias
  • A Garland for Christopher Smart
  • A Kind of Music
  • A Serious Case
  • A Small Excursion
  • A Time of Bees
  • Advice to a God
  • Birthday Card for a Psychiatrist
  • Closures
  • Death by Aesthetics
  • Eros to Howard Nemerov
  • Extra Time
  • Falling in Love at Sixty-Five
  • For May Swenson
  • Glad Heart at the Supermarket
  • Homework
  • In Bed with a Book
  • In the Cold Kingdom
  • Insiders
  • Long Stretch Minimalist Sonnet
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sprat in the Kitchen
  • Near Changes
  • Open Letter from a Constant Reader
  • Open Letter, Personal
  • Passing Thought
  • Photographs
  • Since You Asked Me...
  • Sonnet for Minimalists
  • The Ballad of Blossom
  • The Beginning
  • The Burning of Yellowstone
  • The Case of The
  • The Challenger
  • The Creation
  • The Gardener to His God
  • The Gentle Snorer
  • The Good Man
  • The Miser
  • Three Valentines to the Wide World
  • To a Friend Who Threw Away Hair Dyes
  • Views
  • What I Want to Say


      • Ludvigson, Susan. "Mona Van Duyn". Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 5: American Poets Since World War II, First Series. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by Donald J. Greiner, University of South Carolina. Gale Research, 1980. pp. 334-340.
      • Van Duyn, Mona. Valentines to the Wide World. New Rochelle, NY: 1959.
      • --. A Time of Bees. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1964. PS3543 .A563 T5 University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview.
      • --. To See, To Take. New York, NY: Atheneum, 1970. PS3543 .A563 T6 University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview.
      • --. Bedtime Stories. Woodstock, NY: Ceres Press, 1972.
      • --. Merciful Disguises: Poems Published and Unpublished. New York, NY: Atheneum, 1973. PS3543 .A563 M4 University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview.
      • --. Letters from a Father and Other Poems. New York, NY: Atheneum, 1982. PS3543 .A563 L4 1982 Robarts Library.
      • --. Near Changes. New York, NY: Knopf, 1990. PS3543 .A563 N4 1990 Robarts Library.
      • --. If It Be Not I: Collected Poems 1959-1982. New York, NY: Knopf, 1992. PS3543 .A563 I4 1993 Robarts Library.
      • --. Firefall. New York, NY: Knopf, 1992. PS3543 .A563 F57 1993 Robarts Library.
      • --. Selected Poems. New York, NY: Knopf, 2002. PS3543 .A563 A6 2002X Robarts Library.
Given Name
Family Name
Van Duyn
Birth Date
March 9, 1921
Death Date
December 2, 2004
Family Relations
father : Earl George Van Duyn
mother : Lora G. Van Duyn
husband : Jarvis A. Thurston (from 31 Aug. 1943)
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  • Lecturer

  • Poet in Residence

  • Professor

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