The freeing of the dust

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New Directions Pub. Corp., Oct 1, 1975 - Fiction - 114 pages
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In the sixty poems that comprise The Freeing of the Dust, Denise Levertov continued to explore the personal and public themes that threaded through her work during the disastrous American involvement in Indochina. Relations with family and close friends are depicted with unique poignancy as she pits the at times terrifying concrete image against her vision of the ideal. Here we have poems that speak out of the direct tragedy of war, the result of Ms. Levertov's visit to North Vietnam in the fall of 1972, while others reflect the anguish and the exultation of what she has called the 'inner/outer experience in America during the '60's and the beginning of the '70's.

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Levertov's style in this collection is too conversational for my taste. Her poems remind me of ginsberg's, actually. They're sideways stories more than linguistically precise distillations. My ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yasaman - Goodreads

I had a collection of Denise Levertov's poetry tucked away on my bookshelf, an impulse buy from Shakespeare and Co. in Berkeley a few years ago based on how much I've liked her other poetry. The ... Read full review


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Born in Essex, England, Denise Levertov became a U.S. citizen after her marriage to Mitchell Goodman, the writer who was indicted, with Benjamin Spock and the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, for his antiwar activities. She came to New York to live in 1948. Levertov acknowledges that her writing was influenced by William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan. After her first book, The Double Image (1946), was published in England in 1946, she did not produce another volume until 1957, when City Lights brought out Here and Now. In 1961 she was poetry editor for the Nation, and in 1965 she received the grant in literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Her essays collected in The Poet in the World (1973) and Light Up the Cave are written with a penetrating intelligence. Winner of numerous awards and prizes, she is a poet of reverence and fierce moral drive.

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