Denise Levertov Quotes

A shadow not of a bird, not of a cloud, draws a dark stroke over the hills, the mind. And another, another. Our fears keep pace with us.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Travels."
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Woman fears for man, he goes out alone to his labors. No mirror nests in his pocket.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Abel's Bride."
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poems direct as what the birds said, hard as a floor, sound as a bench, mysterious as the silence when the tailor would pause with his needle in the air.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. Illustrious Ancestors (l. 15-18). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
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the dry indifferent glare in my mind's eye wavered but burned on.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Closed World."
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eyes that see a hand in the unclouded sky, a human hand, release wet fire, the rain that gave my eyes their vigilance.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Two Variations."
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His sex hangs unhidden or rises before him blind and questing.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Abel's Bride."
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we are so many and many within themselves travel to far islands but no one asks for their story....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "In Abeyance."
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A sense of the present rises out of earth and grass, enters the feet, ascends into the genitals, constricting the breast....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Coming Fall."
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She saw her five young children writhe and die; in that hour she began to watch you, she whose eyes are open forever.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Two Variations."
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her being is a cave, there are bones at the hearth.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Abel's Bride."
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