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KLIATTLevertov is, in some ways, the anti-Plath: a bit older than Sylvia, she struggled through the same spiritual crises of the mid-20th century and emerged as a professional poet with a long and varied career. Such stability doesn't always help build a poet's reputation these days, of course. Today she may seem a bit old hat, with her Black Mountain, Native American and Catholic-leftist influences. Still, the writing is always skillful and the themes of personal and political sustenance of universal appeal. For a school's solid poetry collection, this volume of her selected poems covering her full six decades of work (she was born in 1923, and died in 1997) is well worth having. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, New Directions, 220p. notes. index., Ages 15 to adult.
— Daniel Levinson