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Breathing the Water
     

Breathing the Water

by Denise Levertov
 

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“Levertov's master––more than mastery, because she is one of the originators––of contemporary poetic form, informed with a fierce, generous intelligence, can be frightening.” —Ursula Le Guin, Washington Post
Arranged in seven parts and culminating in the superb "The Showings: Lady Julian of Norwich," Breathing the Water

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“Levertov's master––more than mastery, because she is one of the originators––of contemporary poetic form, informed with a fierce, generous intelligence, can be frightening.” —Ursula Le Guin, Washington Post
Arranged in seven parts and culminating in the superb "The Showings: Lady Julian of Norwich," Breathing the Water draws the readers deep into spiritual domains––not in order to leave the world behind, but to reanimate our sometimes dormant love for it.

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Library Journal
In her 15th collection, Levertov still stands in firm political opposition to the ``powers and principalities of death'' that ``weigh down the world.'' She is wisely resigned to the fate of the human spirit stuck in the physical world as it awaits the final ``unseen wall, the silence.'' While nature is oblivious and ``the days/ are falling/ . . . abandoned,'' the poet grieves for ``lost rivers,/ poisoned lakesall creatures, perhaps,/ to be fireblasted/off the/ whirling cinder we/loved. . . . '' Although her poems are replete with abstractions, and images and ideas are often strung together with no connections save those that the reader must supply, Levertov remains the consummate wordsmith. A notable addition to an important body of work. Leonard Kniffel, Detroit P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811210270
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
03/17/1987
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
903,225
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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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