Denise Levertov Quotes

No skilled hands caress a stranger's flesh with lucid oil before a word is spoken no feasting before a tale is told, before the stranger tells his name.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "In Abeyance."
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a shiver, a delight that what is passing is here, as if a snake went by, green in the gray leaves.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Coming Fall."
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When peaceful clouds were reflected in the paddies and the water buffalo stepped surely along terraces, maybe fathers told their sons old tales. When bombs smashed those mirrors there was time only to scream.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "What Were They Like?"
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Don't lock me in wedlock, I want marriage, an encounter....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "About Marriage."
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I remember a dream two nights ago: the voice, 'the artist must create himself or be born again.'
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "In Memory of Boris Pasternak."
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For this, then, that slanting line was left, that crack, the pane never replaced.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Crack."
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1) Did the people of Vietnam use lanterns of stone?
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. What Were They Like? (L. 1-2). . . Poems 1960-1967 [Denise Levertov]. (1983) New Directions.
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I would be met and meet you so, in a green airy space, not locked in.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "About Marriage."
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and the deaf soul struggles, strains forward, to lip-read what it needs: and something is said, quickly, in words of cloud-shadows moving and the unmoving turn of the road, something not quite caught ...
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "In Memory of Boris Pasternak."
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a spring night entered my mind through the tight-closed window....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Crack."
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