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wrdcsc: Preparing to preach last evening in the context of a grieving campus, I turned to this poem by Denise Levertov, which contains a wisdom I have come to experience in my own encounters with grief:

MediaBot: Denise Levertov: “What I experience when I’m writing a poem is close to prayer.”

melpryorpoetry: Denise Levertov Should Be More Famous

pauljimerson: Birthday of Denise Levertov, bIlford, England (1923). She decided to become a poet, but she didn’t want to go to graduate school. Instead, she got her nurse’s training and spent three years as a civilian nurse during the Blitz in London.

larrygoodell: A piano improv on Denise Levertov's birthday.

bobonbooks: An autumn poem by Denise Levertov, born this day in 1923.

pauljimerson: “Strength of feeling, reverence for mystery, and clarity of intellect must be kept in balance with one another. Neither the passive nor the active must dominate, they must work in conjunction, as in a marriage.” ~ Denise Levertov

brainpickings: If you love the natural world (and are gobsmacked by those who don't seem to), this poem by Denise Levertov (born on this day in 1923) will honey your heart

awilliams_a: Sojourns in the Parallel World: America Ferrera Reads Denise Levertov's Ode to Our Ambivalent Relationship with Nature

lucubrations: Poem of the Day 10/24 The Love of Morning by Denise Levertov

ellenvrana: Take a moment to enjoy the company of British-born American-grown Denise Levertov, born today in 1923. These lines reflect the spirit of Levertov's work, that spring of being, an announcement of self.

almanacpodcast: The year was 1923. We remember the poet, agnostic, and Christian convert Denise Levertov. The reading is from Levertov, "a Cure of Souls."

michaelblevons: When We Look Up

Book_Addict: Happy birthday English-born poet and writer Denise Levertov (October 24,1923), author of “Breathing the Water”(1987) and many other works.

reteach92: “It's when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind's shell and enters the heart.” - Denise Levertov

LarryLaddUU: “You have come to the shore. There are no instructions.” Happy birthday to poet and critic Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

NORTHTRENTON: Happy Birthday to Marcel-Paul Schutzenberger (d. 1996), Ted Ditchburn (d. 2005), R.K. Laxman (d. 2015), George Miller (d. 2014), Robin Day (d. 2000), Denise Levertov (d. 1997), John Brereton Barlow (d. 2008), Mary Lee (d. 1996), Fuat Sezgin and Bob Azzam (d. 2004).

UNELibraries: Today is the birthday of Denise Levertov, one of the most important poets of the American avant-garde beginning in the 1950's. After winning a Guggenheim Award, Levertov bought a house in Temple, Maine, where she spent many summers and did much of writing.

MacCocktail: “You have come to the shore. There are no instructions.” ― Denise Levertov (born this day, October 24, 1923)

cowboycoleridge: Two girls discover the secret of life in a sudden line of poetry. I who don't know the secret wrote the line. I love them for finding what I can't find, and for loving me for the line I wrote... - Denise Levertov

DFab1959: “Both art & faith are dependent on imagination; both are ventures into the unknown.” “Nothing we do has the quickness, the sureness, the deep intelligence living at peace would have.” - Denise Levertov (10/24/1923 – 12/20/1997)

jlorts: Tid-bit of information: Birthday of Denise Levertov (1923-1997) who said "I'm not very good at praying, but what I experience when I'm writing a poem is close to prayer." I had the pleasure of appearing alongside Denise in an issue of Nomad, back in 1959/60. Beautiful poet!

stan_galloway: "I'm not very good at praying, but what I experience when I'm writing a poem is close to prayer." --Denise Levertov (who would have been 97 today)

bluepencil2: Denise Levertov: “What I experience when I’m writing a poem is close to prayer.”

reesean: It's the birthday of poet Denise Levertov (books by this author), born in Ilford, England (1923). She decided to become a poet, but she didn't want to go to graduate school. Instead, she got her nurse's training and spent three years as a civilian nurse during the Blitz in London

RayBoomhower: "One of the obligations of the writer is to say or sing all that he or she can, to deal with as much of the world as becomes possible to him or her in language." Denise Levertov, born on this day in 1923

matthewjdowd: Happy bday British/American poet Denise Levertov, b.1923 “But for us the road unfurls itself, we don't stop walking, we know there is far to go. ” “to be your hands that never do violence, your eyes that wonder, your lives that daily praise life by living it, by laughter.”

BeineckeLibrary: 5 poems / by Denise Levertov ; with drawings by Jess.

cowboycoleridge: "I'm not very good at praying, but what I experience when I'm writing a poem is close to prayer." - Denise Levertov

PoetNotRockStar: “I long for poems of an inner harmony in utter contrast to the chaos in which they exist. Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock.” — Denise Levertov

brainpicker: If you love the natural world (and are gobsmacked by those who don't seem to), this poem by Denise Levertov (born on this day in 1923) will honey your heart

C_Fuscescens: from "claritas" by denise levertov

ERBks: Denise Levertov, Clergy Appreciation Month, Mr. Rogers, Bryan Bliss - Oct 23 - ERB Daily Book Morsel

LA_Gregory: “It’s when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart.” - Denise Levertov, poet

ZeeshanJaanam: One of the obligations of the writer is to say or sing all that he or she can, to deal with as much of the world as becomes possible to him or her in language. —Denise Levertov

bibliobebe: RIP Judy Dunbar... thank you for the amazing Denise Levertov collection we have in Archives & Special Collections

thetellingself: —then something tethered in us, hobbled like a donkey on its patch of gnawed grass and thistles, breaks free. DENISE LEVERTOV (I'm Just An Animal Looking For A Home:

TomDEvelyn: A great poem by Denise Levertov. The form of this poem is steeped in prayer. This shadow gives it tremendous power as an act of resistance.

WiseWomenQuotes: "Easy days, nights when our bodies were learning each other." — Denise Levertov

ohthatwright: From This Great Unknowing: Last Poems, by Denise Levertov

granarybooks: From a Secret Location Fridays celebrate Oyez Press, with the first Oyez publications, commissioned by Robert Hawley in 1964: a series of ten beautiful broadsides. Read more at

mckinniburgh: I love Oyez (yay Mary Korte) and these broadsides are a who's who: Charles Olson, Josephine Miles, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder... I hope someone scoops these right up. They're a master class in New American poetry, fine printing, broadside design.

PourquoiPasToi: A dream ago, perhaps. (Denise Levertov)

Alabbar94: These are my six favorite volumes of poetry for 2019 & 2019. Please consider reading them. 1) The Wild Iris (Lousie Glück) 2) Satan Says (Sharon Olds) 3) This Great Unknowing (Denise Levertov) 4) Love Poems (Pablo Neruda) 5) Ariel (Sylvia Plath) 6) Four Quartets (T. S. Eliot)

ichimatsu_smith: Denise Levertov, Tesserae: Memories & Suppositions

henrymartinHM: Goodnight from me, Denise Levertov, and her poem...

ZeeshanJaanam: It's when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind's shell and enters the heart. —Denise Levertov

ohthatwright: Denise Levertov, Beyond the Field

BogotaHorribLe: "Wanting it, wanting / with all my hunger this anguish, / this knowing in the body / the grim odds we’re / up against, wanting it real." Denise Levertov

the_anamaria: Maybe it is response, the will to respond--('reason can give nothing at all/like response to desire') maybe a gritting of teeth, to go just that much further, beyond the end beyond whatever ends: to begin, to be, to defy. Beyond the end, Denise Levertov

KS1729: 67. 'In Love' by Denise Levertov

Ghostlykisses_: “A dream ago, perhaps.” — Denise Levertov

simmsahp: Denise Levertov: The Ache of Marriage

WiseWomenQuotes: "Solitude within multitude seduced me early." — Denise Levertov

beepbeepbooks: Gary Snyder is Denise Levertov for people who haven’t read Brecht. I have no idea what I’m saying

eusavs: denise levertov no the living theatre, 1959.

uhume: way back? Was I born with its knot about my neck, a bridle? Not fear but a stirring of wonder makes me catch my breath when I feel the tug of it when I thought it had loosened itself and gone. ~Denise Levertov [Ariadne by John William Waterhouse]

r0llingst0nes_: "In the dark I rest, unready for the light which dawns day after day, eager to be shared. Black silk, shelter me. I need more of the night before I open eyes and heart to illumination. I must still grow in the dark like a root not ready, not ready at all." Denise Levertov

NetaniaLim: to come to the river the brook hurtles through rainy woods, over- topping rocks that before the rain were islands. —denise levertov

MattAndCheese: A poem for today. Goodbye to Tolerance BY DENISE LEVERTOV

katiesteedly: "In the Japanese tongue of the mind’s eye one two syllable word tells of the fine of rain clinging to the eaves of and of the grey-green fronds of wild parsley.” – Denise Levertov

ArielPoets: Fire he sang, that trees fear, and I, a tree, rejoiced in its flames. —Denise Levertov

jeanalbertort: “and there’s the dizzying multiplication of all language can name or fail to name, unutterable swarming of molecules.” [Denise Levertov].

rabihalameddine: This was the poem of the day five years ago: Epilogue by Denise Levertov

nickripatrazone: The day, the day knows in spite of everything, that evening will not fail, the ancient evening, the luminous evening. — Denise Levertov

upforthesneer: It's when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind's shell and enters the heart. Denise Levertov.

LuluGE1: "I thought I was wounded to the core, but I was only bruised." Denise Levertov.

ryanjpemberton: “The Avowal,” by Denise Levertov As swimmers dare to lie face to the sky and water bears them, as hawks rest upon air and air sustains them, so would I learn to attain freefall, and float into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace, knowing no effort earns that all-surrounding grace.

sukasukasaja3: Very few people really see things unless theyve had someone in early life who made them look at things. And name them too. But the looking is primary, the focus. (Denise Levertov)

n5iln: You have come to the shore. There are no instructions. ~ Denise Levertov

jeanalbertort: “nothing we say has not the husky phlegm of it in the saying, nothing we do has the quickness, the sureness, the deep intelligence living at peace would have.” [Denise Levertov].

EmmaHarding01: 'between pine trees the deep rifts of blue, the voices across the noise & the heaps of chaff & grain...And autumn smiles at our springtime. Life has thrown open its coat and yet...' Autumn in Tarusa, Marina Tsvetaeva, transl Denise Levertov

CBananawicz: Denise Levertov, "The Poet in the World": A Thread "Though the work of art does not aim at effect but is a thing imbued with life, that lives that life for its own sake, it nevertheless has effect; and that effect is ultimately moral. And morality, at certain points in history..

AthensCommCtr: Check out this weeks Silver Linings Poem presented by Athens Poet Laureate. Denise Levertov, "The Well"

ZeeshanJaanam: We live our lives of human passions, cruelties, dreams... —Denise Levertov

WiseWomenQuotes: "Keep writing in the dark: a record of the night, or words that pulled you from depths of unknowing, words that flew through your mind, opened as flowers of a tree that blooms only once in a lifetime: words that may have the power to make the sun rise again." — Denise Levertov

shailjapatel: "They have told us the road leads to the sea, and given the language into our hands." -- Denise Levertov, 'September 1961' Phot of Ruth Bader Ginsberg in 1977 by Lynn Gilbert

Faust89823700: Denise Levertov - Bearing The Light Rain-diamonds, this winter morning, embellish the tangle of unpruned pear-tree twigs; each solitaire, placed, it appearrs, with considered judgement, bears the light beneath the rifted clouds -- the indivisible shared out in endless abundance.

meg_megera: "Always air looked down through, gives a reclamation of order, re- visioning solace: the great body not torn apart, though raked and raked by our claws—" - "From a Plane" by Denise Levertov

gumballpoetry: “Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock” —Denise Levertov

PeachDelphine: The varying speed and gait of different strands of perception within an experience (I think of strands of seaweed moving within a wave) result in counter­pointed measures. " Denise Levertov

alancornett: Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, and Thomas Merton. Photo by Ralph Eugene Meatyard

nickripatrazone: "I believe and / interrupt my belief with / doubt. I doubt and / interrupt my doubt with belief." — Denise Levertov

PeachDelphine: "For me, back of the idea of organic form is the concept that there is a form in all things (and in our experience) which the poet can discover and reveal. " Denise Levertov

parnassion: --Denise Levertov, from The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov; “To the Snake”

yogamanjunaga: Poem by Denise Levertov Overland to the Islands Let's go—much as that dog goes, intently haphazard. The Mexican light on a day that 'smells like autumn in Connecticut' makes iris ripples on his black gleaming fur—and that too is as one would desire—a radiance Part 1

seventydys: an inheritance of shapes Denise Levertov, Her Secret

litcharts: New guide! What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov

simongterry: The Crack by Denise Levertov | Poetry Magazine

Miza03n: The Dog of Art continues... sharp and bright, bright flaming barks, and growling smoky soft, the Dog of Art turns to the world the quietness of his eyes. —Denise Levertov

johnnygoodeb: Denise Levertov - a fine, too- often-overlooked poet.

ZeeshanJaanam: I believe every space and comma is a living part of the poem and has its function, just as every muscle and pore of the body has its function. And the way the lines are broken is a functioning part essential to the life of the poem. —Denise Levertov

sukasukasaja3: Very few people really see things unless theyve had someone in early life who made them look at things. And name them too. But the looking is primary, the focus. (Denise Levertov)

TimDee4: There’s also (sorry will cease and desist now) Denise Levertov’s magnificent tree talking back to Orpheus poem.

AShakow: "Revolutionary optimism is the fruit of serious struggle.... Social change... can come more strongly from the knowledge of how humane, kindly, joyful, and constructive it is, after all, possible for human beings to be, than from grief, anger, and remorse..." - Denise Levertov

raysatblu: "Some days, some moments Shiver in extreme fragility. As if the world were a thought God was thinking and then not thinking." -- Denise Levertov



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