Poems 1972-1982

Poetry by Denise Levertov

Here, for the first time in a single edition, are three of Denise Levertov’s finest books: The Freeing of the Dust (1975), Life in the Forest (1978), and Candles in Babylon (1982). This new compilation – beginning where Denise Levertov’s Poems 1968-1972 left off– testifies not only to Levertov’s technical mastery, but also to her spiritual vision. Some of Levertov’s best war poems, the result of her visit to North Vietnam in 1972, are contained in this marvelous collection. Poems 1972-1982 enables readers to observe a crucial phase in Levertov’s poetic development. At the same time, it illuminates Robert Creeley’s assessment that she “was a constantly defining presence in the world we shared, a remarkable and transforming poet for all of us.”

Paperback(published Jul, 01 2001)

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Portrait of Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov

Poet and political activist