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thndrstd: 4 of 5 stars to Poems, 1960-1967 by Denise Levertov

thedailysublime: I love today's Gospel. And if I'm looking for glimpses of God, heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending should keep me going for a fair while. Here's my favourite response to it - Denise Levertov's The Jacob's Ladder.

FelwaAlhudaithy: “Perhaps I should not have learned to adore pleasures that could not last?” Denise Levertov, from Candles in Babylon: Poems; 'Her Lament'

jprapke: Pleasures by Denise Levertov I like to find what's not found at once, but lies within something of another nature, in repose, distinct. Gull feathers of glass, hidden in white pulp: the bones of squid which I pull out and l…

AlexRieser: “Creates relief.’ Poetry element, in which we move/ as fish in water.” —Denise Levertov, 15th street

PoetNotRockStar: “I still want to see where my own road is going.” — Denise Levertov

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

unAustraliana: Unpublished poem by Rosemary Dobson for Denise Levertov after her visit in '81

AnimasValleyIns: In this dark I rest, unready for the light which dawns ... 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

AHRonaldMA1: Mug of Red Bush and a slim volume by Denise Levertov to start the evening.

closetprofessor: "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

andyojones: "A poet articulating the dreads and horrors of our time is necessary in order to make readers understand what is happening, really understand it, not just know about it but feel it." Denise Levertov

chip_longit: "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

parisreview: “Sound of the Axe” Denise Levertov -

TimDee4: Once a woman went into the woods... When she came to the hut there was no one. But she heard his axe. She heard the listening forest. She dared not follow the sound of the axe. Was it the world-tree he was felling? Was this the day? - from Denise Levertov's Sound of The Axe.

ImTheQ: Sound of the Axe | Denise Levertov via The Paris Review

ojalart: “Sound of the Axe” Denise Levertov -

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

panaliganmo: "Tolerance, what crimes are committed in your name." - Denise Levertov

DujieTahat: For a long time I wanted to read poems that made ppl stand up & applaud. Since I heard Solmaz Sharif read this poem last yr I’ve wanted to write poems that stun ppl to silence— even make them get up and leave. “The Day the Audience Walked Out On Me, and Why.” by 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)

WNBA_NOLA: A poem to hold onto in this moment: "Making Peace" by Denise Levertov.

SofiaJoubert: You have come to the shore. There are no instructions. - Denise Levertov © Kasia Derwinska

ANILAWHITNEY: Some days, some moments Shiver in extreme fragility. As if the world were a thought God was thinking and then not thinking. — Denise Levertov, from Poems: 1960 - 1967; “Sands of the Well; “The Danger Moments,”

Bohomags: Beautiful, timely read on making art amid chaos and the artist's task to awaken society's sleepers:

TheodenHumphrey: My next podcast episode: on "For the New Year, 1981" and "Making Peace," by Denise Levertov. Two poems about hope and peace. Listen and share, so this may grow.

ZeeshanJaanam: The wind blowing, the leaves shivering in the sun, each day the last day. A red salamander so cold and so easy to catch, dreamily moves his delicate feet and long tail. I hold my hand open for him to go. Each minute the last minute. —Denise Levertov

DujieTahat: Accuracy is always the gateway to mystery. —Denise Levertov Every accuracy has to be invented. —Anne Carson

MillikanJames: —Excerpt from Denise Levertov's "Annunciation" Image: Madonna Della Strada, Church of the Gesù —- A blessed solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, to you and yours.

DarraghMcCausl1: denise levertov unh "some primal-shaped, plain-winged, day-flying thing."

nytimesbooks: The poet Denise Levertov once wrote that the “line-end pause” is “equal to half a comma”

DougSikkema: Preparing lectures on Denise Levertov *whilst* listening to "Feliz Navidad." I can't promise I won't sing her name in a way students won't forget, no matter how hard they try.

bymichaelwright: Spiritual ecology is a phrase integrating many themes of Still Life into one: attention, embodiment, reconnecting our lives to the land around us. Here's poet Denise Levertov and artist Charles Ray on “pneuma”—a word that's both ecological and spiritual.

DavidDark: "I have almost given up using the word 'organic' since it has been taken up by the shampoo manufacturers." Denise Levertov

DavidDark: "Form is never more than a revelation of content." Denise Levertov

bymichaelwright: There's more poems and interviews and art in the letter below. Still Life is a joy to gather and write—thanks for reading. I'll end in the same way I do every letter, with a poem. Here's Denise Levertov sharing a “grain of hope” for the new year.

bymichaelwright: The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins left his Protestant upbringing for Catholicism. Denise Levertov's poetry comes out of Jewish and Christian family roots. A songwriter with Jewish roots, Leonard Cohen entered a Zen monastery late in life.

MalcolmYoung: Where does the story of your life begin? Where is the light shining in the darkness? Pelagius, St. Augustine, Denise Levertov, Stephanie Paulsell, John Philip Newell, Al Zolnynas speak. My Christmas Day Sermon - Dec 25, 2020

DavidDark: 64/ "When words penetrate deep into us they change the chemistry of the soul, of the imagination. We have no right to do that to people if we don't share the consequences." Denise Levertov

dianabutlerbass: Praise god or the gods, the unknown, that which imagined us, which stays our hand, our murderous hand, and gives us still, in the shadow of death, our daily life, and the dream still of goodwill, of peace on earth. -Denise Levertov

LookingAtLilacs: Denise Levertov uses “joy” 47 times in this collection. I decided to spend time with a couple incidences and learn a little about their textures—how they differ in presentation, other emotional flavors each carries, what meaning it makes of joy & how that making occurs.

brentbill: She did not cry, ‘I cannot, I am not worthy,’ nor, ‘I have not the strength.’... ...Consent, courage unparalleled, opened her utterly. -Denise Levertov, from “Annunciation” Annunciation – Dec. 23, 2020

inwardoutward: She did not cry, ‘I cannot, I am not worthy,’ nor, ‘I have not the strength.’ She did not submit with gritted teeth, raging coerced. Bravest of all humans, consent illumined her. … -Denise Levertov, from “Annunciation”

ERBks: Lectionary Poems that accompany the readings for this coming Sunday (both Revised Common and Narrative Lectionaries) includes poems by Denise Levertov, TS Eliot, more

xgnrf_: "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

satya043: "The ache of marriage: thigh and tongue, beloved, are heavy with it, it throbs in the teeth We look for communion and are turned away, beloved, each and each " ---Denise Levertov

ldkkei: SOJOURNS IN THE PARALLEL WORLD ~Denise Levertov We live our lives of human passions, cruelties, dreams, concepts, crimes & the exercise of virtue in & beside a world devoid of our preoccupations, free from apprehension—though affected, certainly, by our actions.

monakareem: There are rarely any photos of Denise Levertov showing her tooth gap

brainpickings: Denise Levertov died on this day in 1997, leaving us some of the greatest poetry of the 20th century and one of the most insightful, beautiful, bittersweet things ever written about our species' ambivalent relationship with the rest of nature

brainpicker: Denise Levertov died on this day in 1997, leaving us some of the greatest poetry of the 20th century and one of the most insightful, beautiful, bittersweet things ever written about our species' ambivalent relationship with the rest of nature

mxmulder: A poem for the fourth Sunday of Advent

eccenunc: Reminded me of this, from Denise Levertov’s Annunciation

RealSardonicus: Denise Levertov, from To Stay Alive: Poems; “I Thirst,” 1970

sccenglish: A poetry Advent calendar. December 18th. 'Annunciation' by Denise Levertov. "We know the scene: the room, variously furnished, almost always a lectern, a book; always the tall lily."

WendyESlater: Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock. ~Denise Levertov Modern mystical poetry. Get OF THE FLAME here:

LookingAtLilacs: “There comes a time when only anger is love.” —Denise Levertov

YnysDyn: Denise Levertov poeticizing the Incarnation like:

rabihalameddine: This was the poem of the day two years ago: The Ache of Marriage by Denise Levertov

laurenmviar: This Denise Levertov poem currently lives in my mind rent free

PoetNotRockStar: “Speak or be silent: your silence will speak to me” — Denise Levertov

islaisreading: Another resource

RaeHoffmanJager: Denise Levertov poem today. Happy Chanukah.

VictoriaLauder2: Week 8 November 1969 Wings of a God BY DENISE LEVERTOV “Someone/figureskates brilliantly/ across the lacquer lid of a box/where dreams are stored,/Something/ has to give.” “The blow falls,/ feather and bone/ stone-heavy.”

PatNolanPoet: Denise Levertov (1923-1997) from the Women Poets Postcards, Series 3

sherlyholmes: Poem of the day: Excerpt from "In California: Morning, Evening, Late January" by Denise Levertov

Doallas: Biola University Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts - Advent Calendar - Dec 9: art by Susan Savage, music performed by IAMSON, poem by Denise Levertov, and devotion by Bethany Williamson:

IsabelH15048465: “The house yawns like a bear. Guard its profound dreams for us, that it return to us when we return” “Invocation” by Denise Levertov, Nov 1969 Week 8

dsaguinaldo: Trying to translate Denise Levertov's poem because it's a lovely set of problems. Maybe I can tweet toward solutions? ( source

KenKovacs: Bravest of all humans, consent illumined her. The room filled with its light, the lily glowed in it, and the iridescent wings. Consent, courage unparalleled, opened her utterly. ~Denise Levertov, "Annunciation"

Carlolight: The flawed moon acts on the truth, and makes an autumn of tentative silences. -Denise Levertov

CaptainBookmark: Denise Levertov's "Annunciation" is often with me this time of year:

terriwindling: Birthday presents received from my husband: the collected poems of Denise Levertov, a history of women's friendships in the Surrealist movement, and a donation in my name to a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Reader, I married the right man.

DavidVickrey1: Rilke as Lodestar: The Poetry of Denise Levertov

shaboom: And consent. “...we are told of meek obedience. No one mentions courage. The engendering Spirit did not enter her without consent. God waited. She was free to accept or to refuse, choice integral to humanness.“ Denise Levertov, Annunciation

DeliaChristina: This made me re-read Denise Levertov's 'Annunciation' and it broke me wide open this morning.

LecaDiana: Denise Levertov, 'Intrusion' from Poems 1968-1972

dlspecht: “Recall us to the great depths about us.” Denise Levertov

thewayofstella2: “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

NetaniaLim: alone and more than alone at the bottom of the well where the moon lives, can you pull me into December? —denise levertov

AUF2020: "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

omahaglenn: Second of my three here, from a found collection of poets on poetry: today's an erasure from a Denise Levertov letter

artofthebook18: LORRAINE DOUGLAS Threshold Paste paper covers and collages with metallic thread. Poem by Denise Levertov. Gouache calligraphy on Arches Text Wove.

rabihalameddine: This was the poem of the day seven years ago: In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov

ShamsaAlzadjali: “Poems force the lock of my throat.”Denise Levertov

FelwaAlhudaithy: “I moonbathed diligently, as others sunbathe.” Denise Levertov, excerpt from 'The Well'

redwriterachel: "I thought I was growing wings— it was a cocoon." Denise Levertov "The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation." Alejandro Jodorowsky

aquotebot: “There’s too much grief. Mother, / what shall I do with it?” –Denise Levertov

NetaniaLim: and for forgetting it so that a thousand times, till death finds them, they may discover it again, in other lines in other happenings. —The Secret, Denise Levertov

hybridrey: DENISE LEVERTOV x ANA MENDIETA ‘Caedmon’ from Poems: 1960 - 1967 (1983); Alma, Silueta en Fuego (1975), super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent – running time: 3:07 minutes

themoneyiowe: — from Denise Levertov’s “Prayer for Revolutionary Love”

LisaLBellamy: "Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock." Denise Levertov

rabihalameddine: This was the poem of the day two years ago: The Poem Unwritten by Denise Levertov

SadMandalorian: The lines taken from Denise Levertov's poem At the Justice Department November 15, 1969 are as follows: Up that bank where gas curled in the ivy, dragging each other up, strangers, brothers and sisters. Nothing will do but to taste the bitter taste. No life other, apart from.

Na4a_: “And on our lips the blood of berries before we kiss,” — Denise Levertov

opheliasings: ¨As if golden pollen were falling onto your hair from dark trees.¨ ~ Denise Levertov, ´Kingdom of Heaven´

C_Fuscescens: real denise levertov hours ...

lancaster_words: We start Friday and look forward to the weekend with Denise Levertov's O Taste and See.

katiesteedly: In the Japanese tongue of the mind’s eye one two syllable word tells of the fringe of rain clinging to the eaves of the grey-green fronds of wild parsley. - 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)

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



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