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Culture and identity - 'What were they like?' by Denise Levertov

What Were They Like? – Denise Levertov

Did the people of Viet Nam
use lanterns of stone?
Did they hold ceremonies
to reverence the opening of buds? 372 more words


Losing Ourselves

This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 2/7/16 looking at the negative sides of daily small desires.

The wise Rabbi who received a vision of a treasure in a far off town, travels and learns that the treasure was in his own home all this time, but the journey was necessary for him to see what was right before him all along. 2,397 more words


The "Nous" Church of Birch

Eschatology is a word I learned from a poem by Denise Levertov (1923-97); it is “the study of Last Things” she states in “Seeing for a Moment… 661 more words


Every Step An Arrival: Going Without Knowing

In his book The Pastor, Eugene Peterson cites a Denise Levertov poem that closes with this line: “every step an arrival.” Levertov uses the phrase as a description of her development as a poet but her words fire my imagination toward discipleship. 622 more words


More questions than answers

I have caught myself saying that lately, as I live full on, this season of my life.

“you are given
the questions of others to hold…

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Poem of the week: Denise Levertov - At the justice department November 15, 1969

Brown gas-fog, white

beneath the street lamps.

Cut off on three sides, all space filled

with our bodies.

       Bodies that stumble

in brown airlessness, whitened… 111 more words



For there’s more enterprise
In walking naked
    – William Butler Yeats, “A Coat”

from A Cloak

by Denise Levertov

And I walked naked…

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