Her views of love and marriage ranged from the scathing to the optimistic. In "What I Want to Say", she wrote of love:
It is the absolute narrowing of possibilities
and everyone, down to the last man
But in "Late Loving", she wrote:
Love is finding the familiar dear
With her husband Jarvis Thurston, a professor of English literature, Van Duyn enjoyed a long association with Washington University in St. Louis. The couple previously taught at the University of Iowa. Van Duyn was a friend of poet James Merrill and was instrumental in securing his papers for the Washington University Special Collections in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
She died of bone cancer, aged 83.
Categories: People stubs | 1921 births | 2004 deaths | U.S. poets
MonaVanDuyn, whose lyrics of love, everyday life and the transcendent power of art made her one of the nation's most honored poets, as well as the first woman to be named poet laureate of the United States, died Dec. 2 of cancer at her home in St. Louis.
VanDuyn often was called a "domestic poet" because of the relatively small canvas on which she worked.
VanDuyn, who had written poetry since she was 5, battled depression for much of her life and, on occasion, was treated in psychiatric hospitals, but she did not dwell on these episodes.
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