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Book Title: Near Changes|
ISBN 13: 9780679729099
The author of the book: Mona Van Duyn
Date of issue: February 25th 1992
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Readers of MERCIFUL DISGUISES: PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED POEMS (1959-1973) and LETTERS FROM A FATHER (1982), already knew Van Duyn to be one of the eminent women writers of her generation. NEAR CHANGES, the Pulitzer-winning collection which followed, typifies Van Duyn's work: pleasant, witty, and occasional poems primarily in the traditional forms that predominate. Thus she served as a sort of godmother for many younger neo-formalist poets, particularly Molly Peacock and Mary Jo Salter, whose ability to fuse the conversational, even the colloquial, with received patterns of rhyme and meter may one day be referred to as "Van Duynesque," and doubtless she will continue in this role for generations to come.
Especially beccause Van Duyn was more wily and feminist than she might at first appear. That she was a passionate revisionist is obvious: "Leda" and "Leda Reconsidered" appeared in the 1970 TO SEE, TO TAKE, which was honored with both the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize, while "The Insight Lady of St. Louis on Zoos" and "Glad Heart at the Supermarket," included in NEAR CHANGES, can be seen as rewriting in a lighter vein of two of Randall Jarrell's most famous poems.
Yet Van Duyn never excluded the larger world from her poems, as a reading of "In Bed with a Book" and "Misers" in NEAR CHANGES makes plain. Even those not fortunate enough to have heard Van Duyn read during her lifetime will surely feel rewarded by attuning themselves to her voice--sometimes humorous and always humane--as it resonates from the page.
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Read information about the authorMona Jane Van Duyn was an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1992.
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