Denise Levertov

Poems for consideration

"Overland to the Islands"

"Pleasures"

"Olga Poems"

"Caedmon"

 

Levertov on the Web

poems (some will require you to scroll down)

  • "The Ache of Marriage" site 1 2 3 4 5 6 
  • “Adam’s Complaint” site 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 
  • “The Altars in the Street” site 1
  • "Annunciation" site 1
  • "The Avowal" site 1 2 3 
  • “Aware” site 1 2 3 4 5  6 (scroll down)
  • “The Batterers” site 1
  • “Bearing the Light” site 1 2 3
  • “Beginners” site 1 2 3 4 (with music)
  • "The Breathing" site 1 2 
  • “Celebration” site 1 2 3 4 (scroll down) 5 6 
  • "Come into animal presence" site 1
  • "Contraband" site 1 2
  • “The Day the Audience Walked Out on Me, and Why” site 1
  • “The Dog of Art” site 1 2 3
  • “The Elves” site 1 2 3 4 
  • "An Embroidery" site 1 2 3 4 
  • “Everything That Acts Is Actual” site 1 2 (scroll down) 3 
  • "February Evening in New York" site 1
  • "For the New Year, 1981" site 1
  • “The Fountain” site 1 2 3 4 5 (with music)
  • "Freedom" site 1 (with music)
  • “From the Roof” site 1 2 3 4
  • “The Garden Wall” site 1 (with German translation) 2 3
  • “Gray Sparrow Addresses the Mind’s Ear”   site 1 2 3
  • "The Great Black Heron" site 1 2 3 4 
  • "A Hundred a Day" site 1
  • “Hymn to Eros” site 1 2 3 4
  • "Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell" site 1 2 3 4 5 
  • "I learned that her name was Proverb" site 1
  • “Illustrious Ancestors” site 1 2 3
  • "In California During the Gulf War" site 1 2 3 4 
  • “In Mind” site 1 2 3 4 (scroll down) 5 6
  • "Intrusion" site 1 2 3 4 5 
  • “Living” site 1 2 3 4
  • “Living While It May” site 1
  • “Looking, Walking, Being” site 1 2 (click Levertov) 3 4 5
  • "Losing Track" site 1 2 3 4 5 
  • "The Love of Morning" site 1 (scroll to bottom) 2 (with music)
  • "Making Peace" site 1  
  • "Masquerade" site 1
  • "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus" (Gloria excerpt) site 1 2 3 4 (with music) 
  • “Merritt Parkway” site 1 (scroll down)
  • "The Metier of Blossoming" site 1 2 3 4
  • “Midnight Gladness” site 1
  • "The Mutes" site 1 2 3 4 
  • "Noblesse Oblige" site 1
  • "O Taste and See" site 1
  • "On a Theme by Thomas Merton" site 1 2 3 
  • "Only Once" / "Once Only" site 1 2 3 (with music)
  • "On the Mystery of the Incarnation" site 1 2 3
  • “The Open Sentence” site 1
  • "Opening Words" site 1
  • "The Opportunity" (audio read by Michael Carey)
  • "Overland to the Islands" site 1
  • "People at Night" site 1 2 3
  • “Pleasures” site 1 2 3  
  • "Primary Wonder" site 1 (with music)
  • “Psalm Concerning the Castle” site 1 2 3 
  • “The Quest” site 1 2 3 4
  • “The Rainwalkers” site 2 3 (scroll down or search) 4 5
  • "St. Peter and the Angel" site 1 2 3 4 
  • "Scraps of Moon" site 1 (with music)
  • “The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...” site 1 2 3
  • "The Secret" site 1 2 3 4 5 6 (with music) 7 
  • "Seeing for a Moment" site 1 2 3 4 
  • “September 1961” site 1 2 3 (scroll down) 4 5
  • "Settling" site 1 2 3 4 video clip with commentary at this site
  • “Stepping Westward” site 1 2 3 4 (excerpt with music) 
  • "Sojourns in a Parallel World" site 1 2 3 4 
  • “Talking to Grief” site 1 2 3 4 5 
  • "Talk in the Dark" site 1
  • "Tennebrae" audio from Norton  
  • "That Day" site 1
  • "Thinking About Paul Celan" site 1
  • "The Thread" site 1 2 3 4 
  • “To the Reader” site 1 2 3 4
  • “To the Snake” site 1 2 3 4
  • “A Tree Telling of Orpheus” site 1 (English version follows German version) 2 3 4
  • “Triple Feature” site 1 2 
  • "Untitled" (Scraps of Moon) site 1 2 3 4
  • “Variation and Reflection on a Theme by Rilke (The Book of Hours, Book 1, Poem 7)” site 1
  • "Variation on a Theme by Rilke" site 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (with music) 8  
  • "Wanting the Moon" site 1 2 3 4 
  • "Web" site 1 2 3
  • “Wedding Ring” site 1 2 3
  • “The Well” site 1 2 3 4
  • “What Were They Like?” site 1 2 3 
  • "Witness" site 1 (with music) 
  • "A Woman Alone" site 1
  • "Zeroing In" site 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

articles

reading

Philadelphia 1988: 76 min. long, including "Listening to Distant Guns," "The Sharks," "Pleasures," "A Map of the Western Part of the County . . .," "Life at War," "What Were They Like," "Far from our garden? (about Detroit racial tension)," "The Malice of Innocence," "News Items," "Moon Tiger," "Epilogue," "His theme over and over? (about WCW)," "Thinking About El Salvador," "Talk in the Dark," "Writing in the Dark," "Variation on a Theme by Rilke (a certain day became a presence)," "The Servant-Girl at Emmaus (A Painting by Velazquez)," "Praise of a Palm Tree," "The Past," "Young Sycamore" by William Carlos Williams, "The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens, and a poem by Kenneth Rexroth.

unknown reading (late 1965): 19.41 min., including "As It Happens," "Face to Face," "The Mutes," "A Lamentation," "Relative Figures Reappear," "Olga Poems" [at 10.52, minus parts ii-iv of section v]

 

"A Woman Alone

interviews

By Nicholas O’Connell


photo found various places on the web, including http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/authors/pictures/Levertov.jpg 

Selected Poetic Works
works in green are available from the campus library

The Double Image 1946
Here and Now  1957
Overland to the Islands 1958
With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads New Directions 1960
The Jacob's Ladder New Directions1961
O Taste ad See New Directions1964
The Sorrow Dance New Directions 1967
Relearning the Alphabet New Directions 1970
To Stay Alive New Directions 1971
Footprints New Directions 1972
The Freeing of the Dust New Directions 1975
Life in the Forest New Directions 1978
Candles in Babylon New Directions 1982
Oblique Prayers New Directions 1984
Breathing the Water New Directions 1987
A Door in the Hive New Directions 1989
Evening Train New Directions 1992
Sands of the Well New Directions 1996
The Great Unknowing: Last Poems New Directions 1999
Selected Poems New Directions 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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