Denise Levertov Quotes

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Denise Levertov Quotes

I like to find whats not found at once, but lies within something of another nature, in repose, distinct.
— Denise Levertov —

I am, a shadow
that grows longer as the sun
moves, drawn out
on a thread of wonder.
If I bear burdens
they begin to be remembered
as gifts, goods, a basket
of bread that hurts
my shoulders but closes me
in fragrance. I can
eat as I go.
("Stepping Westward")

— Denise Levertov

A poet articulating the dreads and horrors of our time is necessary in order to make readers understand what is happening, really understand it, not just know about it but feel it: and should be accompanied by a willingness on the part of those who write it to take additional action towards stopping the great miseries which they record.

— Denise Levertov

Nothing we do has the quickness, the sureness, the deep intelligence living at peace would have.

— Denise Levertov

Love is a landscape the long mountains
define but don't
shut off from the
unseeable distance.

— Denise Levertov

Days pass when I forget the mystery. Problems insoluble and problems offering their own ignored solutions jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing their colored clothes; caps and bells. And then once more the quiet mystery is present to me, the throng's clamor recedes: the mystery that there is anything, anything at all, let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything, rather than void: and that, 0 Lord, Creator, Hallowed one, You still, hour by hour sustain it.

— Denise Levertov

So absolute, it is
no other than
happiness itself, a breathing
too quiet to hear.

— Denise Levertov

We must breathe time as fishes breathe water.

— Denise Levertov

Very few people really see things unless they've had someone in early life who made them look at things. And name them too. But the looking is primary, the focus.

— Denise Levertov

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