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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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“Making Peace”

“Making Peace”


(p.163) 9 “Making Peace”
Denise Levertov

Dana Greene

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the life and career of Denise Levertov from 1985 to 1988. The years 1985–1988 were rich and productive. Levertov continued to live in Somerville and Palo Alto, teach, attend to friends through letters and visits, give readings, travel, garner awards, and create poems. Although the intensity of her romantic life had ebbed, apparently she was content with this turn of events. Her engagement with social justice issues continued to be expressed in her poetry, especially in concern for Central and South America, the arms race, the environment, and the spread of AIDS. Although she participated less frequently in public demonstrations, her button inscribed with “Picket and Pray” suggested her new orientation, one which would have been unthinkable ten years earlier.

Keywords:   Denise Levertov, women poets, social justice, poetry, arms race, AIDS

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