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There is a life enhancing memoir and appreciation of Denise Levertov by Murray Bodo OFM here

Brilliant, This Day

Today I’m writing with my window open, sun burning bright squares on the polished plank floor. These are the last days of bare feet, cut flowers from roadside farm stands, and coming home late to stand in the still green yard without a scarf or jacket. 484 more words

Vocational Training

How would you interpret this poem by Denise Levertov?

Agnus Dei

Given that lambs
are infant sheep,
that sheep are afraid and foolish, and lack
the means of self-protection, having
neither rage nor claws,

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Literature

Witness

Sometimes the mountain
is hidden from me in veils
of cloud, sometimes
I am hidden from the mountain
in veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue,
when I forget or refuse to go… 22 more words

36 - Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Lord I know, and I know you know I know
this is a drudge’s penance. Only dull scholars
or cowherds maddened with cow-watching
will ever read… 392 more words

30th August 2014

(Humanity’s) capacity for evil, then, is less a positive capacity, for all its horrendous activity, than a failure to develop humanity’s most human function, the imagination, to its fullness, and consequently a failure to develop compassion.

~~Denise Levertov

Franciscan

“The Goddess“ by Denise Levertov

Paul Gauguin, “The Seed of the Areoi”

THE GODDESS, by Denise Levertov

“She in whose lip service
I passed my time,
whose name I knew, but not her face,

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Goddess