The landmark collected work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets
At last, a complete, clear, and unobstructed view of Denise Levertov. Covering more than six decades and including, chronologically, every poem she ever published, Levertov’s Collected Poems presents her marvelous, groundbreaking work in full.
Born in England, Denise Levertov emigrated in 1948 to the United States, where she was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in the New York Times as “the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving.” A staunch antiwar activist and environmentalist, fervently spiritual, and the winner of the Robert Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Lannan Prize, Denise Levertov inspired generations of writers.
“Levertov's mastery – more than mastery, because she is one of the originators – of contemporary poetic form, informed with a fierce, generous intelligence, can be frightening.”
— Ursula Le Guin, The Washington Post
“A purely numinous and transcendent poetry where subject and object seem one and divinely inspired. Long recognized as one of our best and most influential poets, Levertov is nonetheless seriously undervalued. ”
— Publishers Weekly
“One of the most vitally innovative of contemporary poets. ”
— World Literature Today
“Book by book, I have read her poems for their subtle music, for their imagination, for their author's dignity and integrity and grace; and most of all, for the indomitable and humble spirit that hungers there. ”
— The American Poetry Review