A Celebration of the Life and Poetry of Denise Levertov
- EVT 527
- Nov 2
- 7:30 pm
No Registration Required
Early in her career, through her friendships with Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan, she became associated with the so-called Black Mountain School, experimenting in what Levertov called “organic form.” Critics like to divide her poetry into three phases: the imagist poems, followed by political poems against the war in Vietnam and for social justice, and finally, explicitly religious and Christian poems. But hers was from the outset a visionary imagination; Levertov saw the development of her work as a deepening and integrative continuity and spoke of it as a pilgrimage exploring her sense of the mystery of life in all things, however ordinary, and in all dimensions of experience.
This program marks the 20th anniversary of Levertov’s death in December 1997, and will follow the luminous trajectory of her pilgrimage. It includes dramatic readings of many of her poems, and appreciative commentary from the distinguished literary historian, close friend, and editor of her work, Albert Gelpi; and celebrated poet, friend, and author of the introduction to Levertov’s Collected Poems, Eavan Boland.
Albert J. Gelpi
Coe Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, Stanford
Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities, Stanford
Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford; Author
Lecturer in American Studies, Stanford; Author
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