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The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov 1st Edition

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“A touchstone, a maintainer for our generation. She was a constantly defining presence in the world we shared, a remarkable and transforming poet for all of us.” (Robert Creeley)

“Levertov's mastery - more than mastery, because she is one of the originators - of contemporary poetic form, informed with a fierce, generous intelligence, can be frightening.” (Ursula Le Guin - The Washington Post)

“Levertov's gift for details is matched by the way she can make yearnings and ideas seem almost physical, as if she had them in the palm of her hand.” (The Village Voice Literary Supplement)

“A purely numinous and transcendent poetry where subject and object seem one and divinely inspired. Long recognized as one of our best and most influential poets, Levertov is nonetheless seriously undervalued.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Denise Levertov was musical, fierce, absolute in her honesty and, for us, her public, as indispensable as any modern poet. To young writers asking for direction, Denise Levertov's name comes to my tongue, always, among the very first of our important forebears. Her work was, and is, a brave gift to us all.” (Mary Oliver)

“One of the most vitally innovative of contemporary poets.” (World Literature Today)

“Book by book, I have read her poems for their subtle music, for their imagination, for their author's dignity and integrity and grace; and most of all, for the indomitable and humble spirit that hungers there.” (The American Poetry Review)

“In every era there are just a few poets whose work - for its sheer lyric conscience - carries poetry safely into the future. Denise Levertov, as this books shows, is one of them.” (Eavan Boland)

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.

Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; 1 edition (November 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811221733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811221733
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sheer range and volume of this work, revealing a book about every two years of her adult life, requires a journey for the reader, one best made with an accompanying biography or chronology of the poet's life.

Fortunately two biographies appeared last year: Dana Green's Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life and Donna Krolik Hollenbert's A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov. The former is more readable, the latter more comprehensive.

The very comprehensiveness of this new collection begs the question of audience intent. Certainly this book should be in all libraries of contemporary poetry, and clearly for the avid reader of poetry it too is a must. This reader approached it a book a day with accompanying biography reference over a period of a month.

Evan Boland's introduction identifies "Levertov's signature way--that is, from headlong syntax and conversational wildfire" and praises how "she emerges from these pages as the maker of a fluid, mercurial lyric that is often breathtaking. She also emerges as a hero of the ethical imagination."
As Paul Lacey concludes in the book's Afterword, hers is "a poetics of presence" and a vision "responsive and responsible to community." Rightly he praises how her "every grace, every eloquence is hard-won."

Denise Levertov is able to unite thought and feeling in a lyric yet in engaged poetry that makes her writing not only unforgettable but at the foreground of contemporary verse. This book is a mountain of solid achievement, one well worth the climb.
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I'm so happy to see these books of poems by Denise Levertov on Amazon. She was my poetry teacher forty years ago at Tufts University. I took Modern Poetry from her as well as a course on writing poetry. She was totally brilliant in her understanding of the modern poets, some of whom she knew personally. She was also very encouraging with the class in terms of their own poetry. Oddly enough my appreciation of poetry that she instilled in me has led me to write several novels about the Romantic poets. I[m sure she would have been surprised by that - a tribute to her teaching and lasting influence. I think her own poetry has been somewhat underappreciated. I'm glad that her legacy will live on in these poems.
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This beautifully produced volume should convince doubters that Ms. Levertov stands in the first rank of Anglo-American Poets. It is a must read, along with the recent Biography of Levertov by Professor Donna Hollenberg.
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I knew very little of her poetry. A review put me onto this book and I am liking it a lot. Many of the poems are very accessible. It wouldn't be a bad book for someone who says that they can't understand poetry.
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I could read this book and T.S. Eliot for the next 10 years and be quite happy. I think she has often been overlooked and I hope this compilation finally gives her the credit she deserves.
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