Denise Levertov

“It doesn’t cohere”: Read-ing Levertov as Anarchist

Of course, my very inclusion of Denise Levertov in this project, especially in this section alongside the self-professed anarchists John Cage, Jackson Mac Low, and Robert Duncan, is both contentious and strange, and requires, I should think, some explanation. It is probably inarguable that Levertov was never an anarchist, although she was certainly an ardent … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading