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Denise Levertov
Denise LevertovDenise Levertov (October 24, 1923–December 20, 1997) was a British-born American poet. Denise Levertov was born in Ilford, Essex, England. Her mother, Beatrice Spooner-Jones Levertoff was Welsh. Her father, Paul Levertoff, immigrated to England from Germany. He was a Russian Hasidic Jew who later became an Anglican parson when he converted to Christianity. Levertov was educated at home, and had an early childhood enthusiasm for writing. She claims to have declared her desire to be a writer by age five. At the age of 12 she sent some of her poetry to T. S. Eliot, who replied with a two page letter of encouragement. In 1940, Levertov published her first poem at the age of 17. She served as a civilian nurse in London during the bombings of World War II. Her first book, The Double Image, was published six years later. In 1947 Denise married an American writer, Mitchell Goodman, (later they were divorced) and moved to the United States the following year. They had a son, Nickolai, and lived primarily in New York City and in Maine during the summer. In 1955, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Here Levertov was influenced by the Black Mountain poets. Levertov began to leave her British roots behind when she published her first American book of poetry, Here and Now. Her poem “With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads” established her reputation.

adam's complaint
Some people,
no matter what you give them,
still want the moon.

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