Denise Levertov Quotes

The three of them are enveloped turning now to go crosstown in their sense of each other, of pleasure, of weather, of corners, of leisurely tensions between them and private silence.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Rainwalkers."
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though the fall cold surrounds our warm bed, and though by day we are singular and often lonely.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. Bedtime (l. 8-10). . . Poems 1960-1967 [Denise Levertov]. (1983) New Directions.
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I like to find what's not found at once, but lies within something of another nature, in repose, distinct.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. Pleasures (l. 1-5). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Its clearness is gone, and the song. It is a rich brown, a load of churned earth goes with it.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Resolve."
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mouth to mouth, the covers pulled over our shoulders we drowse as horses drowse afield, in accord; though the fall cold surrounds our warm bed, and though by day we are singular and often lonely.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Bedtime."
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Prophetic utterance, like poetic utterance, transforms experience and moves the receiver to new attitudes. The kinds of experience—the recognitions or revelations—out of which both prophecy and poetry emerge, are such as to stir the prophet or poet to speech that may exceed their own known capacities; they are "inspired," they breathe in revelation and breathe out new words; and by so doing they transfer over to the listener or reader a parallel experience, a parallel intensity, which impels that person into new attitudes and new actions.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American essayist. "Poetry, Prophecy, Survival," New and Selected Essays, New Directions (1992).
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