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Robert Baird: Denise Levertov

24 September 2014
Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life 
by Dana Greene.
Illinois, 328 pp., £22.99, October 2012, 978 0 252 03710 8
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A Poet’s Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov 
by Donna Krolik Hollenberg.
California, 515 pp., £30.95, April 2013, 978 0 520 27246 0
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Collected Poems 
by Denise Levertov.
New Directions, 1063 pp., £32.99, December 2013, 978 0 8112 2173 3
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... the last 25 years of her life, and neither did her commitment to quasi-propagandist poetry. Feminism was one of the few canonical leftist causes to which she didn’t pledge herself. Both Greene and DonnaKrolikHollenberg dance around the point, but from the evidence they supply it’s clear that a large part of the reason she disliked feminism was that she felt superior to it. She had had early ...

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