Happy birthday, Denise Levertov! One of ten poets featured on the Twentieth-Century Poets stamp sheet issued earlier this year, the award-winning Levertov was born on this day in 1923.
Levertov drew her poetry from her own experiences, and she encouraged her readers to open themselves up fully to the world, to find answers to universal questions by looking inward. As she explains in “Pleasures”:
I like to find
what’s not found
at once, but lies
within something of another nature,
in repose, distinct.
In her poems, public and private form a single universe in which fairy tales and myths mingle with the objects and events of everyday life.
Have a favorite poem by Levertov? Join the birthday celebration and share it with us in the comments.
“Denise Levertov”, 1953
Photograph by Rollie McKenna
@ Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation
Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation