Poems of Denise Levertov, 1972-1982

Poems of Denise Levertov, 1972-1982

by Denise Levertov


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Poems of Denise Levertov, 1972-1982 by Denise Levertov

Three of Denise Levertov's classic volumes, now available in a single edition. Here gathered for the first time in a single edition are three of Denise Levertov's finest books: The Freeing of the Dust (1975), Life in the Forest (1978), and Candles in Babylon (1982). This new compilation—beginning where Denise Levertov's Poems 1968-1972 left off—testifies not only to Levertov's technical mastery, but also to her spiritual vision, especially in regard to the Vietnam War. Some of Levertov's best war poems, the result of her visit to North Vietnam in 1972, are contained in this marvelous collection. Poems 1972-1982 enables readers to observe a crucial phase in Levertov's poetic development. At the same time, it illuminates Robert Creeley's assessment that she "was a constantly defining presence in the world we shared, a remarkable and transforming poet for all of us."

Author Biography: Denise Levertov was born in London and educated at home. When she came to the US in 1948, Levertov was introduced to the American reading public with The New British Poets, an anthology edited by Kenneth Rexroth and published by ND. For years Levertov lived in Somerville, MA and was closely identified with the Boston area. She taught part of the year at Brandeis and the other part at Stanford, CA. In 1992 Denise Levertov moved to Seattle, WA. Besides the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award in poetry and the Lannan Prize, she won the 1996 Governor's Writers Award, from the Washington State Commission for the Humanities. She died of lymphoma on December 20, 1997, in Seattle, WA.

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ISBN-13: 9780811214698
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.74(d)

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