The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov (Hardcover)

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By Denise Levertov, Paul A. Lacey (Editor), Eavan Boland (Introduction by)
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Underappreciated, but pivotal, vital, and necessary, Denise Levertov is one of our greatest poets. Finally, we have her Collected Poems, beautifully published by W. W. Norton, with an introduction by Eavan Boland. Following a couple volumes of her correspondence with William Carlos Williams and Robert Duncan, this book should plant her back in the mainstream of American poetic history. Her range is astounding, from the political to the mystical, the wry social and psychological insight to the profound sensitivity to the natural world. Her influence is wide: from Mary Oliver to the Black Mountain poets; the San Francisco Renaissance to Nation magazine; winning the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, and a Lannan Award. She is a master poet, generous, brilliant, and bighearted. Give this to the poet in your midst, and watch their mind, their heart, and their imagination open up. -- John Evans

— From Beautiful Gift Books 2013


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811221733
ISBN-10: 0811221733
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: November 29th, 2013
Pages: 960
Language: English