A fearless voice: Denise Levertov

As a poet, Denise Levertov, who died earlier this year at the age of seventy-four, actively sought knowledge and wisdom while trying to awaken a heightened consciousness of the rich, rewarding knowability of the world. A little poem, "Whisper," from her book Evening Train (New Directions, 1992) exemplifies her style.
Today the white mist that is weather
is mixed with the sallow tint
of the mist that is smog.

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Harold Isbell has been an academic, a banker, and a translator. He lives in San Francisco.

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