Denise Levertov - Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0811215547

ISBN-13: 9780811215541

Edition: 2003

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 9/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Born in Essex, England, Denise Levertov became a U.S. citizen after her marriage to Mitchell Goodman, the writer who was indicted, with Benjamin Spock and the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, for his antiwar activities. She came to New York to live in 1948. Levertov acknowledges that her writing was influenced by William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan. After her first book, The Double Image (1946), was published in England in 1946, she did not produce another volume until 1957, when City Lights brought out Here and Now. In 1961 she was poetry editor for the Nation, and in 1965 she received the grant in literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Her essays collected in The Poet in the World (1973) and Light Up the Cave are written with a penetrating intelligence. Winner of numerous awards and prizes, she is a poet of reverence and fierce moral drive. Denise Levertov died December 20, 1997.

Robert Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1926. He attended Harvard University and served in the American Field Service in India and Burma during World War II. In 1960, he received a Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He taught at Black Mountain College, an experimental arts college in North Carolina, and was the editor of the Black Mountain Review. During his lifetime, he published more than sixty books of poetry including For Love: Poems 1950-1960, The Finger, Later, Mirrors, Memory Gardens, Echoes, Life and Death, and If I Were Writing This. In 1960, he won the Levinson Prize for a group of 10 poems published in Black Mountain Review. He also won the Shelley Memorial Award in 1981, the Frost Medal in 1987, and the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as New York State Poet Laureate from 1989 to 1991. He also wrote the novel The Island and a collection of short stories entitled The Gold Diggers. He edited several books including Charles Olson's Selected Poems, The Essential Burns, and Whitman: Selected Poems. He taught English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He died on March 30, 2005 at the age of 78.

Preface
Early and Uncollected Poems
Listening to Distant Drums
The Double Image (1946)
Childhood's End
Poem ("Some are too much at home in the role of wanderer")
Too Easy: to Write of Miracles
Here and Now (1957)
The Earthwoman and the Waterwoman
The Marriage
The Marriage (II)
Laying the Dust
Everything that Acts Is Natural
Overland to the Islands (1958)
Overland to the Islands
The Instant
Illustrious Ancestors
Action
Merritt Parkway
With Eyes at the Back of our Heads (1960)
With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads
Pleasures
To the Snake
Obsessions
The Dead
Terror
The Jacob's Ladder (1961)
A Common Ground
Come into Animal Presence
A Map of the Western Part of the County of Essex in England
Three Meditations
The Jacob's Ladder
The Tulips
During the Eichmann Trial: "When We Look Up"
O Taste and See (1964)
The Ache of Marriage
Song for Ishtar
Claritas
The Secret
September 1961
O Taste and See
Eros at Temple Stream
The Stone-Carver's Poem
The Disclosure
About Marriage
The Prayer
Hypocrite Women
In Mind
The Sorrow Dance (1967)
The Wings
Joy
Annuals
The Mutes
The Cat as Cat
Living
A Lamentation
Olga Poems
The Closed World
Second Didactic Poem
Life at War
To Speak
Bedtime
Relearning the Alphabet (1970)
Relearning the Alphabet
The Broken Sandal
The Cold Spring
At David's Grave
What Wild Dawns There Were
July 1968
A Cloak
A Tree Telling of Orpheus
To Stay Alive (1971)
Advent 1966
Tenebrae
"Staying Alive" (excerpts)
At the Justice Department November 15, 1969
Gandhi's Gun (and Brecht's Vow)
Entr'acte 'Let Us Sing Unto the Lord a New Song'
Footprints (1972)
Love Poem
3 a.m., September 1, 1969
The Wanderer
The Old King
Memories of John Keats
To Antonio Machado
The Life Around Us
The Freeing of the Dust (1975)
Living Alone (I)
Living Alone (II)
Living Alone (III)
Divorcing
Libation
Prayer for Revolutionary Love
The Freeing of the Dust
The Woman
The Life of Others
Life in the Forest (1978)
A Woman Alone
Chekhov on the West Heath
The 90th Year
A Soul-Cake
Talking to Grief
Wedding-Ring
Candles in Babylon (1982)
Talking to Oneself
Poet and Person
The Dragon-fly Mother
Candles in Babylon
Williams: An Essay
Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus
Beginners
Concurrence
She and the Muse
Oblique Prayers (1984)
Decipherings
The Avowal
St. Peter and the Angel
The Antiphon
Of Being
"... That Passeth All Understanding"
Breathing the Water (1987)
The Servant Girl at Emmaus
"I learned that her name was Proverb"
Hunting the Phoenix
The Spirits Appeased
Caedmon
Making Peace
During a Son's Dangerous Illness
On a Theme from Julian's Chapter XX
The Showings: Lady Julian of Norwich, 1342-1416)
Variation and Reflection on a Theme by Rilke (The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 7)
A Door in the Hive (1989)
Annuniciation
Braiding
Flickering Mind
The Love of Morning
Wings in the Pedlar's Pack
St. Thomas Didymus
The Life of Art
To Rilke
A Traveler
A Woodcut
Web
Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
Evening Train (1992)
Suspended
Settling
Elusive
Effacement
Presence
Open Secret
For Bet
Flowers of Sophia
Evening Train
Witness
Salvador Mundi: Via Crucis
Sands of the Well (1998)
What Harbinger?
Le Motif
In Question
The Mystery of Deep Candor
Sojourns in the Parallel World
The Change
For Those Whom the Gods Love Less
Conversion of Brother Lawrence
Pentimento
Sands of the Well
Primary Wonder
Crow Spring
In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being
This Great Unknowing: Last Poems (1999)
Celebration
First Love
Roast Potatoes
the mountain's daily speech is silence
Once Only
The Metier of Blossoming
Enduring Love
Afterword
Notes
Index of Titles and First Lines
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