Denise Levertov Quotes

Grief, have I denied thee? Grief, I have denied thee.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A Lamentation."
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our nerve filaments twitch with its presence day and night, nothing we say has not the husky phlegm of it in the saying, nothing we do has the quickness, the sureness, the deep intelligence living at peace would have.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Life at War."
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I discovered the colors in the wall that woke when spray from the hose played on its pocks and warts....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Garden Wall."
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Grief in the morning, washed away in coffee, crumbled to a dozen errands between busy fingers.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A Lamentation."
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so cold and so easy to catch, dreamily moves his delicate feet and long tail. I hold my hand open for him to go. Each minute the last minute.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Living."
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... the world always a step beyond the world, that can't be looked for, only as the eye wanders, found.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Garden Wall."
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... deeper and deeper into Imagination's holy forest, as travelers followed the Zohar's dusty shimmering roads ...
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A Letter to William Kinter of Muhlenberg."
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The fire in leaf and grass so green it seems each summer the last summer.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Living."
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As the artist extends his world with one gratuitous flourish—a stroke of white or a run on the clarinet above the bass tones of the orchestra ...
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Grace-Note."
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I saw without words within me, saw as if my eyes had grown bigger and knew how to look without being told what it was they saw.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A Letter to William Kinter of Muhlenberg."
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