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The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov Hardcover – 23 December 2013
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How splendid and impressive to have a complete, clear, and unobstructed view of Denise Levertov at last. Covering more than six decades and including, chronologically, every poem she ever published, Levertov's Collected Poems presents her marvelous, ground breaking work in full.
Born in England, Denise Levertov emigrated in 1948 to the United States, where she was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in the New York Times as "the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving." A staunch antiwar activist and environmentalist, and the winner of the Robert Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Lannan Prize, Denise Levertov inspired generations of writers. New Directions is proud to publish this landmark collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century.
Book by book, I have read her poems for their subtle music, for their imagination, for their author's dignity and integrity and grace; and most of all, for the indomitable and humble spirit that hungers there.-- "The American Poetry Review"
Levertov's gift for details is matched by the way she can make yearnings and ideas seem almost physical, as if she had them in the palm of her hand.-- "The Village Voice Literary Supplement"
Levertov's mastery - more than mastery, because she is one of the originators - of contemporary poetic form, informed with a fierce, generous intelligence, can be frightening.--Ursula Le Guin "The Washington Post"
One of the most vitally innovative of contemporary poets.-- "World Literature Today"
A touchstone, a maintainer for our generation. She was a constantly defining presence in the world we shared, a remarkable and transforming poet for all of us.--Robert Creeley
Denise Levertov was musical, fierce, absolute in her honesty and, for us, her public, as indispensable as any modern poet. To young writers asking for direction, Denise Levertov's name comes to my tongue, always, among the very first of our important forebears. Her work was, and is, a brave gift to us all.--Mary Oliver
In every era there are just a few poets whose work - for its sheer lyric conscience - carries poetry safely into the future. Denise Levertov, as this books shows, is one of them.--Eavan Boland
About the Author
Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.
- Publisher : New Directions; 1st edition (23 December 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 960 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0811221733
- ISBN-13 : 978-0811221733
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 5.33 x 23.62 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 373,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What a wonderful collection of her poetry and thank you to all who were involved in this project. I wish we could do such an excellent compendium for each of our poets!