This Great Unknowing: Last Poems

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New Directions Publishing, 2000 - Poetry - 68 pages
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Few poets have possessed so great a gift or so great a body of work—when she died at 74, she had been a published poet for more than half a century. The poems themselves shine with the artistry of a writer at the height of her powers.
 

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Contents

From Below
3
For the Asking
4
Celebration
5
Patience
6
Ancient Stairway
7
First Love
8
Beyond the Field
10
The Metier of Blossoming
11
Visitation Overflow
38
The mountains daily speech is silence
42
Scraps of moon
43
Mass of the Moon Eclipse
44
Once Only
46
MidDecember
47
Translucence
48
Drawn in Air
49

A Hundred a Day
13
That Day
14
Elephant Ears
15
Animal Spirits
16
The Poodle Palace
18
Swift Month
19
A New Flower
20
A Cryptic Sign
21
Feet
22
Fugitives
32
Dark Looks
34
Memory demands so much
35
Roast Potatoes
36
Noblesse Oblige
50
Masquerade
51
Enduring Love
52
Immersion
53
A Clearing
54
Southern Cross
56
Descending Sequence
57
Alienation in Silicon Valley
58
Moments of Joy
60
Thinking about Paul Celan
61
Aware
62
A Note on the Text
63
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Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was a British born American poet. She wrote and published 20 books of poetry, criticism, translations. She also edited several anthologies. Among her many awards and honors, she received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Lannan Award, a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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