APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: ‘Sonnet for Mimimalists’ by Mona Van Duyn

  • By David M. Kinchen, with information from Knopf
  •  APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: 'Sonnet for Mimimalists' by Mona Van Duyn

Light verse (with serious purpose) from Mona Van Duyn (1921-2004). 

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Sonnet for Minimalists


From a new peony,

my last anthem,

a squirrel in glee

broke the budded stem.

I thought, Where is joy

without fresh bloom,

that old hearts’ ploy

to mask the tomb?


Then a volunteer

stalk sprung from sour

bird-drop this year

burst in frantic flower.


The world’s perverse,

but it could be worse.



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Excerpt from SELECTED POEMS © 2002 by Mona Van Duyn. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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