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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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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
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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."
Annemarie
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.
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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
“Grey is the price
of neighboring with eagles, of knowing
a mountain's vast presence, seen or unseen.”
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