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Poems of Denise Levertov, 1960-1967 [Kindle Edition]

Denise Levertov
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Denise Levertov’s Poems 1960-1967 brings together all of the poetry first published in The Jacob’s Ladder (1961), O Taste and See (1964), and The Sorrow Dance (1967).


Denise Levertov’s Poems 1960-1967 brings together all of the poetry first published in The Jacob’s Ladder (1961), O Taste and See (1964), and The Sorrow Dance (1967). This new compilation, beginning where her Collected Earlier Poems 1940-1960 (New Directions, 1979) left off, shows both a refining of the poet’s craft and a widening of her concerns.” We are living our whole lives in a state of emergency,” she wrote in 1967. Levertov’s staunch antiwar stand is reflected here in such poems as “Life at War” and “What Were They Like?” with what Kenneth Rexroth called “the special luster of a sensibility that never sacrifices humaneness to intensity.” Side by side with her poetry of protest is that of celebration—“Song for Ishtar,” “Come into Animal Presence,” “ Luxury”—and tolerance for “The Mutes” uttering “those groans men use/passing a woman on the street…to tell her she is female” as well as for “The Ache of Marriage.” Here also are a meditation “During the Eichmann Trial,” “Olga Poems” (a sequence in memoriam), and “Say the Word,” the poet’s first published story.


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About the Author

Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was a British born American poet. She wrote and published 20 books of poetry, criticism, translations. She also edited several anthologies. Among her many awards and honors, she received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Lannan Award, a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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  • File Size: 846 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (May 17, 1983)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DR8IAPE
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1.0 out of 5 stars Levertov's poetry is never a problem -- August 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
but the composition of the Kindle version is. It was not spell-checked before being assembled.

The "sample" has significant typos -- in some instances words so garbled one can't guess what they are, even though one shouldn't have to guess at all. (I have this volume in both hardcover and paper, have read it cover-to-cover, and found no typos in those.)

Disappointing, as I was going to buy this.

But, as Amazon is unresponsive on such issues, I'll have to spend _my_ irreplacable time bringing this directly to the attention of the publisher -- if, that is, the publisher provides the means for buyers to communicate with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent poetic compilation December 4, 1995
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Format:Paperback
Although varied in style, the poems collected herein comprise an exceptionally
consistent and candid view into the mind of Levertov. A must read for anyone
interested in her works. A must read for anyone interested in modern
poetry.
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