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Levertov, Poems. 1960-67 A collection of Levertov's early work
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1983 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Denise M
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One to re-read. It's been a while :)

Goodreads quotes her: “You have come to the shore. There are no instructions.”

If you are interested in poetry, open up some poetry books, and let this be your mantra.
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love Denise Levertov. I've read this book at least 500 times, and nearly every other page has a dog ear.

Levertov is an amazing poet with incredible things to say, and I'm so glad she enriched this world with her elegantly honest poetry.
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is my favorite book of poetry of all time. i have based several art pieces on it, and will continue to. i accidentally have the copy from the dave at wsu. shhh.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Where is my life? Where is my life?
What have I done with my life?
and so many within themselves
travel to far islands but no one
asks for their story
Grief, have I denied thee?
Grief, I have denied thee.
Always denial. Grief in the morning, washed away
in coffee, crumbled to a dozen errands between
busy fingers.
There are hidden corners of the sky
choked with the swept shreds, with pain and ashes.
have I denied thee? Denied thee.
You wanted
to shout the world to its senses,
did you?
Dayna Smith
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
A very good collection of Levertov's poetry; fans of Levertov will love this collection. Those who have not yet experienced Levertov's poetry could do worse than starting here.
Kevin Mckinney
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
There are a few poems I liked a lot in this, but overall I had a lot of trouble finding my way into them. Probably going to read "Some Notes on Organic Form" and see if I can get a better hold on them when I'm a few months smarter lol
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Levertov can be a little too cold for my taste, but I like this period of her work.
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Denise Levertov 1 4 May 25, 2014 06:14AM  
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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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“Two girls discover the secret of life
in a sudden line of poetry.”
“1) Did the people of Viet Nam
use lanterns of stone?
2) Did they hold ceremonies
to reverence the opening of buds?
3) Were they inclined to quiet laughter?
4) Did they use bone and ivory,
jade and silver, for ornament?
5) Had they an epic poem?
6) Did they distinguish between speech and singing?

1) Sir, their light hearts turned to stone.
It is not remembered whether in gardens
stone lanterns illumined pleasant ways.
2) Perhaps they gathered once to delight in blossom,
but after the children were killed
there were no more buds.
3) Sir, laughter is bitter to the burned mouth.
4) A dream ago, perhaps. Ornament is for joy.
All the bones were charred.
5) It is not remembered. Remember,
most were peasants; their life
was in rice and bamboo.
When peaceful clouds were reflected in the paddies
and the water buffalo stepped surely along terraces,
maybe fathers told their sons old tales.
When bombs smashed those mirrors
there was time only to scream.
6) There is an echo yet
of their speech which was like a song.
It was reported their singing resembled
the flight of moths in moonlight.
Who can say? It is silent now.”
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