Saturday, October 26, 2013

Quote of the Day (Denise Levertov, on ‘Creator Spirit’s Deep Embrace’)

“As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.”-- Denise Levertov, “The Avowal,” from The Selected Poems of Denise Levertov, edited by Paul A. Lacey (2002)

Two days ago would have marked the 90th birthday of British-born American poet Denise Levertov (1923-1997), who could range from public commentary (fiercely anti-Vietnam War verse) to intimate ruminations—not just between lovers, but between the individual and God, as here.

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