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Denise Levertov

“The truth / in fractions”: Levertov’s Postmodern-ish Poetics

I return, in this section, to my claims in my final plateau on Duncan, than his work was much more affected by the rise of postmodernism than Levertov’s. While I may not have treated it so at the time, this is, in fact, a contentious claim, and one that contradicts much of the scholarship surrounding […]

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Denise Levertov

“While We Sleep” / “I hear”: Communal Readership and Expressive Authorship in Denise Levertov’s The Jacob’s Ladder

“One of the political things poetry, whether or not overtly political in its content, can do is to reveal that unity, that trembling web of being.” – Denise Levertov, “Poetry, Prophecy, Survival” 153 In light of Duncan’s approaches to active readership, we must then read Denise Levertov’s work as engaging an active readership, surely, but […]

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Robert Duncan

Active Readership and the Duncan/Levertov Correspondence

I would do a disservice to Duncan’s work if I didn’t end this section by talking about the well-publicized rift that occurred between him and his fellow Black Mountain poet, Denise Levertov, whose work I will discuss in the next group of plateaus. To be sure, the conflict between these poets, documented most thoroughly in […]

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Robert Duncan

The Self in Postanarchist Poetry: Passages of the Self in Robert Duncan

Two weeks ago, when I spoke about Duncan’s refusal of integration, I focused primarily on an integrated or cohesive text, and the ways in which Duncan works against these issues. But, in doing so, I gave short shrift to Duncan’s own views on the subject. As I quoted in that post as well, Duncan explained […]