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Denise LevertovA Poet's Life$
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Dana Greene

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037108

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037108.001.0001

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Coming to a New Country

Coming to a New Country


7 Coming to a New Country
Denise Levertov

Dana Greene

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the life and career of Denise Levertov from 1976 to 1981. The trauma of the last few years, while not over, seemed to be abating for Levertov. The war had ended; her friendship with Robert Duncan waned dramatically, although there was episodic contact between them; and her divorce ensured a different relationship with Mitch. Gradually her attention shifted, and by early 1978 she clearly felt she had entered some new phase in her life. Her divorce from Mitch allowed her to explore her erotic desires even more than before. Her relationships with younger men gave her sexual pleasure and affirmed a youthfulness that she had felt slipping away as she aged. Divorce also allowed Levertov greater freedom to travel and more solitude; it did not alter her financial situation. She continued to earn money through poetry readings, and from 1976 to 1978 she served as poetry editor of the new progressive magazine, Mother Jones. But her chief means of support came from her employment at Tufts University.

Keywords:   Denise Levertov, women poets, Robert Duncan, Mitch Goodman, divorce, Tufts University, Mother Jones

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