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Poems, 1972-1982

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Three of Levertov's classic volumes are now available in a single edition. Included here are: "The Freeing of the Dust; Life in the Forest; " and "Candles in Babylon".
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Sep 10, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing
The way sorrow enters the bone
is the way fish sink through dense lakes
raising smoke from the depth
and flashing sideways in bevelled
It's the way the snow
drains the light from day but then,
covering boundaries of road and sidewalk,
widens wondering streets
and stains the sky yellow
to glow at midnight.
Apr 19, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing
It's difficult (impossible?) to jot down a few summarizing sentences on such a wide-ranging collection of poems, spanning the personal to the political, from spirituality to sex, from nature to secret interior landscapes. But whatever the subject matter--even with the overtly, adamantly political--they're just all so damn beautiful.

"I wanted to learn you by heart.
There was only time
for the opening measures--a minor key,
major chords, arpeggios of desire that ripple
swifter than I can hum them--
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Apr 12, 2014 Isla McKetta rated it really liked it
This book showed me how ridiculous all the rules of poetry I'd created in my brain are and made me stop judging myself as a poet. I loved her language and the way she wrote about politics. I'll be glad to read more of her poems.

All three collections, Poems 1968-1972, Poems 1972-1982, Collected Earlier Poems, 1940-1960 should be read and studied several times over. Levertov’s ability with imagery and structure are breathtaking. Her writing is filled with subtle movements, but also stark scenes which can mesmerize the reader. In Levertov’s writing, she creates mood and meditation not only through her metaphors and words but the structures of her poems.
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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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