Denise Levertov Quotes

The host, the housekeeper, it is who fails you. He had forgotten to make room for you at the hearth or set a place for you at the table or leave the doors unlocked for you.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "To the Muse."
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In the Japanese tongue of the mind's eye one two syllable word tells of the fringe of rain....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear."
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The vast silence of Buddha overtakes and overrules the oncoming roar of tragic life that fills alleys and avenues; it blocks the way of pedicabs, police, convoys.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Altars in the Street."
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and wife or husband who does not lock the door of the marriage against you, finds you not as unwelcome third in the room, but as the light of the moon on flesh and hair.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "To the Muse."
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Drowsy god, slow the wheels of my thought....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Hymn to Eros."
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An absolute patience. Trees stand up to their knees in fog.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Breathing."
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and as you read the sea is turning its dark pages, turning its dark pages.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "To the Reader."
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Close my beloved with me in the smoke ring of thy power, that we may be, each to the other, figures of flame, figures of smoke, figures of flesh....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Hymn to Eros."
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So absolute, it is no other than happiness itself, a breathing too quiet to hear.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Breathing."
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As you read, a white bear leisurely pees, dyeing the snow saffron....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "To the Reader."
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