Denise Levertov Quotes

And our dreams, with what frivolity we have pared them like toenails, clipped them like ends of split hair.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Hypocrite Women."
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—fur-petalled chrysanthemum, squirrel-killer— is a metaphor only if I force him to be one....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Cat as Cat."
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Green Snake, when I hung you round my neck and stroked your cold, pulsing throat
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. To the Snake (l. 1-2). . . Poetry Anthology, The, 1912-1977. Daryl Hine and Joseph Parisi, eds. (1978) Houghton Mifflin Company.
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In the dense light of wakened flesh animal man is a prince. As from alabaster a lucency animates him from heel to forehead. Then his shadows are deep and not gray.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. ". . . Else a great Prince in prison lies."
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Hypocrite women, how seldom we speak of our own doubts, while dubiously we mother man in his doubt!
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Hypocrite Women."
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flex and reflex of claws gently pricking through sweater to skin gently sustains their own tune, not mine. I-Thou, cat, I-Thou.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Cat as Cat."
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The motor idles. Over the immense upland the pulse of their blossoming thunders through us.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Travels."
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All that blesses the step of the antelope all the grace a giraffe lifts to the highest leaves all steadfastness and pleasant gazing, alien to ennui, dwell secretly behind man's misery.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. ". .Else a great Prince in prison lies."
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No, they are dark and wrinkled and hairy, caves of the Moon . . .——— And when a dark humming fills us, a coldness towards life, we are too much women to own such unwomanliness.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Hypocrite Women."
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The house-snake dwells here still under the threshold but for months I have not seen it nor its young, the inheritors.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Closed World."
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