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Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997.
New York : New Directions, 1993
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|ISBN:||0811212203 9780811212205 081121219X 9780811212199|
|Description:||vii, 120 p. ; 20 cm.|
|Contents:||1. Lake Mountain Moon. Settling. Elusive. Morning Mist. Presence. Effacement. Heron I. Heron II. Taking Charge. Abruptly. October Moonrise. Daily Bread. Open Secret --
II. The Two Magnets. The Two Magnets. Steadfast. Stele. The Faithful Lover. A Little Visit to Doves and Chickens. The Composition --
III. Ancient Airs. Broken Pact. Dyptich. Ancient Airs and Dances. Time for Rivets. Arrived --
IV. Flowers of Sophia. Range. The Plains. Down Under. Milky Way. Eye Mask. Entre Loup et Chien. On the Eve. River. Brother Ivy. Arctic Spring. Flowers of Sophia --
V. Evening Train. In Love. Venerable Optimist. Letter to a Friend. Becca. For Bet. Link. The Opportunity. Dream Instruction. Evening Train --
VI. Witnessing from Afar. The Reminder. Mysterious Disappearance of May's Past Perfect. Tragic Error. Mid-American Tragedy. The Batterers. Airshow Practice. Watching TV. Protesters. Hoping. The Certainty. The Youth Program. Misnomer. Witnessing from Afar the New Escalation of Savage Power. News Report, September 1991. In California During the Gulf War. In the Land of Shinar --
VII. The Almost-Island. One December Night ... Myopic Birdwatcher. Mirage. Against Intrusion. Looking Through. Whisper. Witness. A Reward. Indian Summer. Contrasting Gestures. The Almost-Island --
VII. The Tide. After Mindwalk. Namings. Embracing the Multipede. (I). Embracing the Multipede. (II). Questioning the Creature. (III). Pondering the Creature. (IV). The Creature Absent. What the Figtree Said. Contraband. On a Theme by Thomas Merton. Salvator Mundi: Via Crucis. Ascension. The Tide. Suspended.
Presence of mind: "Levertov's gift for detail," as the Village Voice noted, "is matched by the way she can make yearnings and ideas seem almost physical, as if she held them in the palm of her hand." Welling up through these poems is longing: longing for peace, for the survival of her cherished earth, for love, for the experience of the divine which comes like "a strain of music heard/then lost, then heard again." Contemplative, personal, universal, the poems reveal in.
Themselves depth after depth.