Covering more than six decades, and including chronologically every poem she ever published, The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov at last offers all of this profound poet’s groundbreaking work in one volume. A staunch antiwar activist and environmentalist, Denise Levertov was the poetry editor for The Nation, and author of more than twenty books of poetry along with books of criticism and translation. Kenneth Rexroth called her “the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving.” To celebrate this collection, Poetry Flash presents readings of her work – along with comments and stories – by Anita Barrows, David Shaddock, and Al Young.
Anita Barrows is a poet, translator, and clinical psychologist. Her books of poems include The Road Past the View, Quarterly Review of Literature Contemporary Poetry Series Award winner (1992), and A Record, Riverstone Press Award winner (1998). Her translation, with Joanna Macy, of Rilke’s Book of Hours was a bestseller.
Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and UC professor; he is a poet, writer, and reseacher. His latest book of poems is Tilting Point. His other poetry books include the three volumes of his Seculum trilogy: Coming to Jakarta: A Poem About Terror, Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse, and Minding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000. He was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award in 2002.
Poet and psychotherapist David Shaddock studied poetry with Levertov at UC Berkeley. Among his books of poems are This Place Where Something’s Missing Lives and Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles. He’s won the Ruah Magazine Power of Poetry Award and the International Peace Poem prize; his play, In a Company of Seekers, was performed at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.
Al Young is an acclaimed novelist and poet. California Poet Laureate from 2005 to 2008, he’s prodigiously published; recent books of poems are Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons and Something About the Blues. Among his honors are NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships, The Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, Northern California Book Reviewers' Fred Cody Award, and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award.
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