Denise Levertov Quotes

I learn to affirm Truth's light at strange turns of the mind's road, wrong turns that lead over the border into wonder....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Illustration."
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I am Essex-born: Cranbrook Wash called me into its dark tunnel, the little streams of Valentines heard my resolves, Roding held my head above water when I thought it was drowning me....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A Map of the Western Part of the County of Essex in England."
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The grapes that need frost to ripen them are amber and grow deep in the hedge, half-concealed, the way your beauty grows in long tendrils half in darkness.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Love Song."
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It is of stone. A rosy stone that takes a glowing tone of softness only because behind it the sky is a doubtful, a doubting night gray.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Jacob's Ladder."
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dark presences slowly focus revelation of tulip blacks, delicate browns
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A March."
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Love is a landscape the long mountains define but don't shut off from the unseeable distance.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Love Song."
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and a man climbing must scrape his knees, and bring the grip of his hands into play. The cut stone consoles his groping feet. Wings brush past him. The poem ascends.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Jacob's Ladder."
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filing endlessly through his blue blinking eyes into the world within him
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A March."
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The sun on my whiteness and your tawny gold. Without looking I see through my lashes the iridescence on black curls of sexual hair.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Luxury."
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The stairway is not a thing of gleaming strands a radiant evanescence for angels' feet that only glance in their tread, and need not touch the stone.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. The Jacob's Ladder (l. 1-5). . . Poems 1960-1967 [Denise Levertov]. (1983) New Directions.
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