Denise Levertov Quotes

My black sun, my Odessa sunflower, spurs of Tartar gold ring at your ankles, you stand taller before me than the ten towers of Jerusalem.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Song for a Dark Voice."
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... in pelt of gold enduring when all else has let go all ornament ...
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Willows of Massachusetts."
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hair and hide a sacrifice of blood and flowers on his altar if any worshipper kneel or not.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Eros."
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In the black of desire we rock and grunt, grunt and shine
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Song for Ishtar."
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Willows last to relinquish a leaf, curious, patient, lion-headed, tense with energy, watching the serene cold through a curtain of tarnished strands.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Willows of Massachusetts."
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The flowerlike animal perfume in the god's curly hair ...
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Eros."
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The moon is a sow and grunts in my throat Her great shining shines through me
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet. Song for Ishtar (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Something hangs in back of me, I can't see it, can't move it. I know it's black, a hump on my back. It's heavy. You can't see it.
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Wings."
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our hands were flames stealing upon quickened flesh until no part of us but was sleek and on fire
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Eros at Temple Stream."
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A letter with it discloses, in its words and between them, a life opening, fearful, fearless, thousand-eyed, a field of sparks that move swiftly in darkness....
Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Sparks."
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