Denise Levertov Quotes

The Minoan Snake Goddess is flanked by a Chardin still-life, somber and tranquil, and by Mohammedan angels brilliantly clothed and with multicolored wings....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Postcards: A Triptych."
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The poem has a social effect of some kind whether or not the poet wills it to have. It has kinetic force, it sets in motion ... [ellipsis in source] elements in the reader that would otherwise be stagnant.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), U.S. poet. As quoted in Against Forgetting, sect. 5, by Carolyn Forche (1993). Written in 1965, during the Vietnam War; Levertov was active in the movement opposing American involvement in that war.
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... transform into our flesh our deaths, crossing the street, plum, quince, living in the orchard and being hungry, and plucking the fruit.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "O Taste and See."
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And the Goddess? She stands between the worlds. She is ivory, her breast bare, her bare arms braceleted with gold snakes.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Postcards: A Triptych."
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Quick! there's that low brief whirr to tell Rubythroat is at the tigerlilies....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A Turn of the Head."
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The world is not with us enough. O taste and see
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. O Taste and See (l. 1-3). . . Poems 1960-1967 [Denise Levertov]. (1983) New Directions.
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blue bead on the wick, there's that in me that burns and chills, blackening my heart with its soot, I think sometimes not Apollo heard me but a different god.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Prayer."
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Hummingbird stay for a fractional sharp sweetness, and's gone, can't take more than that.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "A Turn of the Head."
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... innocently more expressive than faces: nipples, navel, and pubic hair make anyway a sort of face....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Our Bodies."
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though it flickers or shrinks to a blue bead on the wick,
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Prayer."
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