Evening Train

Evening Train

by Denise Levertov
     
 

Evening Train, Denise Levertov's new collection of poetry, is her twenty-first book with New Directions and one of her best. It shows Levertov at her most moving and musical, impressive and meditative, addressing the nature of faith, the imperiled beauty of the natural world (her new home in the Northwest brings mountains, herons, eagles), the horrors of the Gulf War,… See more details below

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Evening Train, Denise Levertov's new collection of poetry, is her twenty-first book with New Directions and one of her best. It shows Levertov at her most moving and musical, impressive and meditative, addressing the nature of faith, the imperiled beauty of the natural world (her new home in the Northwest brings mountains, herons, eagles), the horrors of the Gulf War, the pain and tenderness of love. What is remarkable throughout is the precision of her craft and her presence of mind: "Levertov's gift for detail," as the Village Voice noted, "is matched by the way she can make yearnings and ideas seem almost physical, as if she held them in the palm of her hand." Welling up through these poems is longing: longing for peace, for the survival of her cherished earth, for love, for the experience of the divine which comes like "a strain of music heard/then lost, then heard again." Contemplative, personal, universal, the poems reveal in themselves depth after depth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her 20th book of poetry, Levertov meditates on the timeless--the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, the earth's fragility, the reality of God--and the timely: the Gulf war. (Apr.)
Library Journal
The 20th book of a prolific poet whose works are deeply imbued with the Pacific landscape and a hushed spirituality.
Ray Olson
Levertov has moved her home to the Pacific Northwest, and the region informs many of the poems in her typically generous new collection. These share an aesthetic which is essentially that of the vaunted Pacific Rim culture: they are numinous although not explicitly religious reactions to a nature full of mountains, clouds, lakes, the moon, and that bird beloved of Japanese poetry, the heron. The first section of this book is actually entitled "Lake Mountain Moon," and for anyone who has been in the Pacific Northwest, its contents strongly evoke the region's looks and atmosphere. In the other seven sections, Levertov is often less "Pacificy," and her hallmark clarity and sensuousness never desert her. The "Ancient Airs" of the third section are love poems full of exhilaration and surprise over feeling this passion again so late in life. The poems of "Witnessing from Afar" continue the testament of justice and peace that has made her perhaps our purest political poet. In "The Tide" are more of the forthrightly religious poems that have so distinguished her recent work--poems that don't merely give one hope for a revival of great Christian poetry but constitute it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811212199
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.41(w) x 5.62(h) x 0.62(d)

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