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Evening Train: Poetry

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At her most moving and meditative, impressive and musical, Denise Levertov addresses in her poetry collection, Evening Train, the nature of faith and love, the imperiled beauty of the natural world, and the horrors of the Gulf War.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published April 17th 1993 by New Directions (first published October 1st 1992)
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Peter Spaulding
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Aside from a few more awkward topical poems, these were all amazing. Every one was good in some way. The title poem makes every other one worth reading. There’s a real sense of despair that gets undercut by an abiding faith in the larger scope of things that makes for a really interesting and fun time. Highly recommend.
Abbi Dion
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"It's against the rules to tell your own fortune,/and I, after all, am able only to descry/the images in the leaves, not to construe their meaning." from "Letter to a Friend"

"All my life hoping: having to hope/because decades brought no reassurances." from "Hoping"

"the heron, unseen for weeks, came flying/widewinged toward me, settled/just offshore on his post,/took up his vigil./ If you ask/why this cleared a fog from my spirit,/I have no answer."
from "A Reward"

"like any mortal hero out of his
Larry Smith
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Larry Smith Well there is that quiet sharing here in this older modern poet. Levertov kept her spirit open and free and yet deeply reflective. She moves so smoothly along trails and streets and opens eye and heart. Title poem is so disarmingly charming. Here are a few lines: "Blue smoke from small/ peaceable hearths ascending/ without resistance in luminous/ evening air."
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-poetry
I love Levertov, and I absolutely love this collection of poetry. Some of it is written during her time in the NW . . . it is timeless, beautiful, and speaks to my soul.
Chuck Von Nordheim
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a practitioner, Levertow is impeccable--superb acoustics and cadence, clever line break, all while maintaining the pulse of spoken language. Since she can do most of what occurs in contemporary poetry, I don't like all of her content. For example, most nature and eco poetry doesn't do much for me and that makes up about a third of the content of this collection. I am far more interested in poems that consider human existence and human relationships--so "In Love," "Letter to A Friend" or "Becc ...more
Caroliena Cabada
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Precise images and an array of concerns, from war to environmental destruction, that all feel timely and timeless. Personal without feeling exclusive, universal without being too presumptuous. "Contraband" and "Salvator Mundi Via Crucis" near the end of the book were among my favorites.
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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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