Overview

Denise Levertov's Selected Poems delivers in a single accessible volume "one of the essential poets of our time" (Poetry Flash).

Culled from two dozen poetry books, and drawing from six decades of her writing life, The Selected Poems of Denise Levertov offers a chronological overview of her great body of work. It is splendid and impressive to have at last a clear, unobstructed view of her ground-breaking poetry—the work of a poet who, as Kenneth Rexroth put it, "more than anyone, led the redirection of American ...
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Selected Poems

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Overview

Denise Levertov's Selected Poems delivers in a single accessible volume "one of the essential poets of our time" (Poetry Flash).

Culled from two dozen poetry books, and drawing from six decades of her writing life, The Selected Poems of Denise Levertov offers a chronological overview of her great body of work. It is splendid and impressive to have at last a clear, unobstructed view of her ground-breaking poetry—the work of a poet who, as Kenneth Rexroth put it, "more than anyone, led the redirection of American poetry...to the mainstream of world literature."





Described by Publishers Weekly as "at once as intimate as Creeley and as visionary as Duncan," Levertov was lauded as "one of the indispensable poets of our language, one of those few writers to whom it is necessary to pay attention" by The Malahat Review. No poet is more overdue for a single accessible volume; no career could be better to have within easy reach.
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Editorial Reviews

Robert Creeley
She was a constantly defining presence in the world we shared,a remarkable and transforming poet for all of us.
Village Voice Literary Supplement
Levertov's gift for detail is matched by the way she can make yearnings and ideas seem almost physical.
World Literature Today
One of the most vitally innovative of contemporary poets.
Ursula Le Guin
Levertov's mastery...of contemporary poetic form,informed with a fierce,generous intelligence can be frightening.
Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811222396
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 613,107
  • File size: 562 KB

Meet the Author

Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was a British born American poet. She wrote and published 20 books of poetry, criticism, translations. She also edited several anthologies. Among her many awards and honors, she received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Lannan Award, a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Listening to Distant Drums 1
Childhood's End 1
Poem ("Some are too much at home in the role of wanderer") 2
Too Easy: to Write of Miracles 3
The Earthwoman and the Waterwoman 4
The Marriage 4
The Marriage (II) 5
Laying the Dust 5
Everything that Acts Is Natural 6
Overland to the Islands 7
The Instant 7
Illustrious Ancestors 8
Action 8
Merritt Parkway 10
With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads 12
Pleasures 13
To the Snake 14
Obsessions 14
The Dead 15
Terror 15
A Common Ground 16
Come into Animal Presence 19
A Map of the Western Part of the County of Essex in England 20
Three Meditations 22
The Jacob's Ladder 25
The Tulips 26
During the Eichmann Trial: "When We Look Up" 27
The Ache of Marriage 30
Song for Ishtar 30
Claritas 31
The Secret 33
September 1961 34
O Taste and See 36
Eros at Temple Stream 37
The Stone-Carver's Poem 38
The Disclosure 38
About Marriage 39
The Prayer 40
Hypocrite Women 42
In Mind 43
The Wings 44
Joy 46
Annuals 49
The Mutes 50
The Cat as Cat 51
Living 52
A Lamentation 53
Olga Poems 54
The Closed World 62
Second Didactic Poem 62
Life at War 64
To Speak 65
Bedtime 66
Relearning the Alphabet 67
The Broken Sandal 77
The Cold Spring 78
At David's Grave 82
What Wild Dawns There Were 83
July 1968 84
A Cloak 85
A Tree Telling of Orpheus 86
Advent 1966 91
Tenebrae 92
"Staying Alive" 93
i. At the Justice Department November 15, 1969 93
ii. Gandhi's Gun (and Brecht's Vow) 94
Entr'acte 'Let Us Sing Unto the Lord a New Song' 96
Love Poem 97
3 a.m., September 1, 1969 98
The Wanderer 98
The Old King 99
Memories of John Keats 100
To Antonio Machado 101
The Life Around Us 101
Living Alone (I) 102
Living Alone (II) 103
Living Alone (III) 103
Divorcing 104
Libation 105
Prayer for Revolutionary Love 106
The Freeing of the Dust 107
The Woman 108
The Life of Others 109
A Woman Alone 110
Chekhov on the West Heath 112
The 90th Year 117
A Soul-Cake 118
Talking to Grief 120
Wedding-Ring 121
Talking to Oneself 122
Poet and Person 124
The Dragon-fly Mother 125
Candles in Babylon 128
Williams: An Essay 128
Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus 130
Beginners 137
Concurrence 138
She and the Muse 139
Decipherings 140
The Avowal 142
St. Peter and the Angel 143
The Antiphon 144
Of Being 144
"... That Passeth All Understanding" 145
The Servant Girl at Emmaus 146
"I learned that her name was Proverb" 146
Hunting the Phoenix 147
The Spirits Appeased 148
Caedmon 149
Making Peace 150
During a Song's Dangerous Illness 151
On a Theme from Julian's Chapter XX 152
The Showings: Lady Julian of Norwich, 1342-1416) 154
Variation and Reflection on a Theme by Rilke (The Book of Hours, Book 1, Poem 7) 161
Annuniciation 162
Braiding 164
Flickering Mind 165
The Love of Morning 166
Wings in the Pedlar's Pack 167
St. Thomas Didymus 168
The Life of Art 171
To Rilke 172
A Traveler 172
A Woodcut 173
Web 174
Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell 174
Suspended 176
Settling 176
Elusive 177
Effacement 177
Presence 178
Open Secret 178
For Bet 179
Flowers of Sophia 179
Evening Train 180
Witness 181
Salvador Mundi: Via Crucis 182
What Harbinger? 183
Le Motif 183
In Question 184
The Mystery of Deep Candor 184
Sojourns in the Parallel World 185
The Change 186
For Those Whom the Gods Love Less 187
Conversion of Brother Lawrence 188
Pentimento 190
Sands of the Well 191
Primary Wonder 192
Crow Spring 193
In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being 194
Celebration 194
First Love 195
Roast Potatoes 197
The mountain's daily speech is silence 199
Once Only 199
The Metier of Blossoming 200
Enduring Love 202
Afterword 203
Notes 213
Index of Titles and First Lines 215
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Introduction

Creeley, Robert
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