Denise Levertov Quotes

The awakening is to transformation, word after word.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Unknown."
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... stars that marked those in whose faces you had not looked. 'They were cast out as if they were some animals, some beasts.'
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "During the Eichmann Trial."
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A man growing old is going down the dark stairs. He has been speaking of the Soul tattooed with the Law. Of dreams burnt in the bone.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Shalom."
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Swinging clusters of red, the hedges are full of them, red-currant red, a graceful ornament or a merry smile.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Victors."
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smashing the windows of sleep and dream smashing the windows of history a whiteness scattering in hailstones each a mirror for man's eyes.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "During the Eichmann Trial."
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Shlup, shlup, the dog as it laps up water makes intelligent music....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Six Variations."
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In June the bush we call alder was heavy, listless, its leaves studded with galls, growing wherever we didn't want it.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Victors."
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Mister death who signs papers then eats telegraphs simply: Shoot them then eats
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "During the Eichmann Trial."
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Gold light in blind love does not distinguish one surface from another, the savor is the same to its tongue, the fluted cylinder of a new ashcan a dazzling silver, the smooth flesh of screaming children a quietness, it is all a jubilance....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Six Variations."
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my heart leaps in wonder. Cold, fresh, deep, I feel the word 'water' spelled in my left palm.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Well."
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