Door In The Hive

Door In The Hive

Door in the Hive

Rear cover notes: "In her sixteenth collection of new poetry from New Directions, Denise Levertov displays what The Village Voice has called all her 'virtues of musicality, mystery, and directness.' A Door in the Hive addresses paintings, music, landscapes, terror in El Salvador, but the emphasis again - as in her recent Breathing the Water - is on the contemplative. Her dialogue between 'the eager inward gaze and the vast enigma' deepens. Meditative, the poems are at the same time informed by a keenly felt urgency: 'Extremities, we are in / unacknowledged extremis. / We feel only / a chill as the pulse of life / recedes.'"

From Library Journal
A poet of unusual mindfulness, Levertov conjoins a delicate, mystical lyricism with a passional political consciousness. The poems in her most recent collection are inspired by the small miracles of the natural world, terrorism in Central America, paintings, and other artists, especially Rilke. Like the mystics she often evokes, Levertov finds transcendence in the acute observation of the ordinary. Indeed, the longing for transcendence suffuses these poems: "Because/ I know a different need has begun/ to cast its lines out from me/ into...

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