The Freeing of the Dust

The Freeing of the Dust

The Freeing of the Dust

The Freeing of the Dust

Synopsis

In the sixty poems that comprise The Freeing of the Dust, Denise Levertov continues to explore the personal and public themes that have threaded through her work in the past several years. The disastrous American involvement in Indochina, relations with family and close friends, are depicted with unique poignancy as she pits the at times terrifying concrete image against her vision of the ideal. Here we have poems that speak out of the direct tragedy of war, the result of Ms. Levertov’s visit to North Vietnam in the fall of 1972, while others reflect the anguish and the exultation of what she has called the “inner/outer experience in America during the 60s and the beginning of the 70s…” The Freeing of the Dust is the tenth book of verse by the woman Kenneth Rexroth has named “the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving.”

Excerpt

Contents

ONE

From a Plane3

Bus4

Journeyings5

Knowing the Unknown6

TWO

In Summer9

An Ancient Tree10

Romance11

April in Ohio12

THREE

A Time Past15

Fragment16

Face17

What She Could Not Tell Him18

Ways of Conquest19

FOUR

Photo Tom from The Times23

News Items24

A Sound of Fear25

Too Much to Hope26

The Distance27

Weeping Woman29

The Pilots30

A Place of Kindness32

May Our Right Hands Lose Their Cunning33

In Thai Binh (Peace) Province35

Fragrance of Life, Odor of Death36

A Poem at Christmas 197237

Goodbye to Tolerance39

Dragon of Revolutionary Love41

FIVE

Craving45

Dream Inscape46

The Way It Is47

The Balance48

Cancion49

SIX

The Woman53

Crosspurposes54

Living for Two57

Living Alone (I)59

Living Alone (II)60

Living Alone (III)61

Cloud Poems62

Don't You Hear That Whistle Blowin'. . .64

Divorcing66

Strange Song67

Grief68

Libation69

SEVEN

Seth Thomas: A Love Song73

The Quality of Genius74

Growth of a Poet77

Conversation in Moscow85

The Poem Rising by Its Own Weight92

EIGHT

Prayer for Revolutionary Love97

Modes of Being98

A Letter to Marek about a Photograph100

Room102

Voyage104

NINE

Waving to the Devil109

Consulting the Oracle110

The Life of Others111

Freedom112

The Freeing of the Dust113

The Wealth of the Destitute114

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.