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Levertov

Post by Antcliff » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:44 am

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Re: Levertov

Post by Macavity » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:57 pm

Thanks for sharing Seth. Enjoyed. Very tuned in.

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Re: Levertov

Post by David » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:21 pm

Really good. I am seriously interested in Levertov, although the only book I can find is a Collected, which feels like a (first) step too far.

The one time I've been to LA we stayed in Santa Monica - lovely place, a sort of gentler seaside (and Chandleresque) LA ... but a lot of homeless people. So, a question: do you really need to have been somewhere to get the most out of a poem about said place?

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Re: Levertov

Post by Antcliff » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:43 am

David wrote:Really good. I am seriously interested in Levertov, although the only book I can find is a Collected, which feels like a (first) step too far.

The one time I've been to LA we stayed in Santa Monica - lovely place, a sort of gentler seaside (and Chandleresque) LA ... but a lot of homeless people. So, a question: do you really need to have been somewhere to get the most out of a poem about said place?
LA itself has a lot of homeless people. I was always fond of Santa Monica Pier.

do you really need to have been somewhere to get the most out of a poem about said place?
The most? Possibly. A great deal/enough without that...I vote yes.

I may try and persuade a relation to buy me the collected for my birthday.

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Re: Levertov

Post by Magpie Jane » Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:22 pm

David wrote: I am seriously interested in Levertov, although the only book I can find is a Collected, which feels like a (first) step too far.
This slim volume:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss ... ooks%2C221

contains a wee selection of 19 (if I can count) poems by Denise Levertov. (Rexroth & WCW aren't half bad either.)

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Re: Levertov

Post by David » Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:01 pm

Thanks, Jane. WCW I know, of course, but not Rexroth.

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Re: Levertov

Post by Macavity » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:03 pm

Found her inconsistent, more of a poetry diary writer at times, but also produces some memorable writes.

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Re: Levertov

Post by bodkin » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:08 pm

Just reacting to those few in the link Seth posted...

For me she feels a bit consciously delicate and beautiful... if you see what I mean? The subject matter is very nice but the text is rather artificial in the manner of something carefully staged.

Possibly this is here deliberate style, but on the whole I have different biases.

I was going to say "I preferred the day-to-day" but then I realised I'm also very intellectual/technical at times, which isn't everybody's day-today... So I guess I mean more conversational but with the proviso that the conversationalists might be rare people :-)

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Re: Levertov

Post by Antcliff » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:36 pm

that the conversationalists might be rare people


Heightened conversation eh? Yeh, sometimes the more mannered poetry can seem...well, just more mannered. But I wouldn't want to reject the grander sound/tone on all occasions. I wouldn't want to read a more conversational version of Dylan Thomas, say.

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