Date Of Birth:
24 October 1923
Date Of Death:
20 December 1997
Place Of Birth:
Known for poetry of political and social consciousness, Denise Levertov published her first book of poems, The Double Image, in England in 1946. Though still young, she had worked as a nurse in London during World War II. She married American writer Mitchell Goodman in 1947 and moved to America in 1948 (she became a U.S. citizen in 1955). In the 1960s she was poetry editor for the liberal magazine The Nation, and in the 1970s she was poetry editor for the still-more-liberal magazine Mother Jones. She also taught in Stanford University's creative writing program from 1982-93. Despite her British birth, she is widely regarded as an "American" poet and her positions as teacher and editor helped her influence a generation of American poets. Her published works include With Eyes at the Back of our Heads (1959), Jacob's Ladder (1962) and Relearning the Alphabet (1970).
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