Denise Levertov
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"Selected Poems"; p. 210. ISBN 978-0-8112-1554-1

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/ awards = Shelley Memorial Award (1984)Robert Frost Medal (1990)

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"Denise Levertov" (24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997) was a British-born American poet.

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The poem has a social effect of some kind whether or not the poet wills it to have. It has kinetic force, it sets in motion . . . [ellipsis in source] elements in the reader that would otherwise be stagnant.

You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night.

Images / split the truth / in fractions.

The day's blow rang out, metallic -- or it was I, a bell awakened, and what I heard was my whole self saying and singing what it knew: I can.

Acknowledgement, and celebration, of mystery probably constitutes the most consistent theme of my poetry.

Marvelous Truth, confront us at every turn, in every guise.

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.