Saturday, February 6, 2016

Denise Levertov: "Relearning the Alphabet"

Here, I'll share the first few letters of Denise Levertov's poem of 1968-69:

Relearning the Alphabet

A

Joy--a beginning.   Anguish, ardor.
To relearn the ah! of knowing in unthinking
joy: the beloved stranger lives,
Sweep up anguish as with a wing-tip,
brushing the ashes back to the fire's core.

B

To be. To love an other only for being.

C

Clear, cool? Not those evasions. The seeing
that burns through, comes through to
the fire's core.

D

In the beginning was delight. A depth
stirred as one stirs fire unthinking.
Dark   dark   dark   , And the blaze illumines
dream

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