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A Door in the Hive
Denise Levertov
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A Door in the Hive

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Poems address such topics as paintings, music, landscapes, and the terror in El Salvador.
Published (first published 1989)
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Feb 08, 2013 Krista Stevens rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, religious, adult
Some great religious poems...
"A Traveler" "I'll chance/the pilgrim sandals."
"Flying High" amazing descriptions

...and just brilliant lines
"...we've passed that wide river remembered/from a tale about boyhood and fatal love, written/in vodka prose, clear and burning..." (For Instance)
"If one's fate is to survive only sorrow, one has no right to the name survivor." (a quote that starts out "Distanced" - who wrote it?)
"...The hoe, the digging stick,/were tools of a sacrament..." (El Salvador: Requie
Apr 26, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
In the last couple of months, I've read four collections of poems by Louise Gluck, and I've just finished two collections by Denise Levertov. Except for several poems by Levertov from the anthology The Voice that is Great Within Us, I was not familiar with either poet until recently. Of the two, I find Denise Levertov to be much the better poet.
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I like Levertov's poetry but this was an uneven collection to me. By far my favorite poem was Intimation.
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Denise Levertov was born in Ilford, Essex, England. Her mother, Beatrice Spooner-Jones Levertoff, was Welsh. Her father, Paul Levertoff, immigrated to England from Germany, was a Russian Hassidic Jew who, after converting to Christianity, became an Anglican parson. At the age of 12, she sent some of her poems to T. S. Eliot, who replied with a two-page letter of encouragement. In 1940, when she wa ...more
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“Some people, no matter what you give them, still want the moon.
The bread, the salt, white meat and dark meat, still hungry.
The marriage bed and the cradle, still empty arms.
You give them land, their own earth under their feet, still they take to the roads.
And water: dig them the deepest, still it’s not deep enough to drink the moon from.”
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