Eunice de Chazeau (1905-2008)

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Eunice Storey de Chazeau (1905- 2008) born in Seattle of mid-western parents, lived an adventurous, out-of-doors childhood. She attended public schools, graduated from the University of Washington magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1926, then earned her M.A. in English there the following year. Married to an economist, Melvin de Chazeau, she resided in many U.S. cities: Cambridge, Charlottesville, Arlington, Washington, Chicago, Phoenix, and Ithaca, 1948 -1984 plus a year each in England and Denmark and sixteen summers in New Hampshire. A mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was also a very active member of the National Association of American Pen Women, writing poetry and traveling abroad during her last decades residing at the Hermitage in Alexandria, VA.

Publications where her poems have appeared include: The Laurel Review, The Lyric, Epoch, The Husk, Midwest Poetry Review, The Prairie Poet, Voices International and several issues of the Anthology of Ithaca Poets. Her books include a prose tale Of Houses and Cats (1965), a collection for children The Chocolate Egg (1977), My Country ‘Tis and other Limericks (1978) and a collection of selected poems Born Permeable (1992, ROAD Publishers, Fairfax, VA). Her poetry reflects an extensive range of form, rhythm and theme, inventiveness, surprising imagery, unerring diction, an unusual gift for metaphor, not to mention an innate playfulness. Born three years after Langston Hughes, Eunice de Chazeau has indeed spun a long, strong thread. “What a joy to discover poems like these in our time. And how engagingly sane!” – Leslie Mellichamp, editor. Michael R. Burke (poet/editor) and poet Thomas Merrill both sing her praises, where a few of her poems can be discovered at http://www.thehypertexts.com.

written by Carolyn Clark February 2015


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