Co-Host - JohnnyBlaze ( also the amazing artist who rendered Levertov's portrait )
Part XII in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most well-known poets, both classical and modern. Priscilla Denise Levertov
(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997) was an American poet who wrote and published 24 books of poetry. Among her many awards and honours, she received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Lannan Award, a Catherine Luck Memorial Grant, a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Born in England, Levertov began writing at a young age, sharing some of her poems with T.S. Eliot when she was 12 years old. Levertov published her first poetry collection, The Double Image
, in England in 1940. Seventeen years later, she had her American collection, Here and Now
, released. In the 1960s, Levertov was active in the anti-war movement in the United States. Additionally, she worked as a poetry editor for "The Nation" in the '60s and for "Mother Jones" in the '70s. Guidelines
Write a new poem honoring Levertov inspired by any of her poems. We feel listing particular poems may be constricting, and want you to follow the inspiration wherever it leads.
Do your best to make us feel as though we are reading poems by Levertov. The more we feel you "capturing her essence" in "your own words" , the higher you will score. This will involve choice of wording, delivery, subject material, formatting, target audience - a wide range of factors. The Rules
1. One entry per DUP persona.
2. No erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW.
3. No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300.
4. Any form is acceptable ( but studying the poet is advised ).
5. Hashtag your poem #DeniseLevertov and link to your poem here. Do NOT copy paste your poem to the competition. The point is to eventually direct visitors searching for Levertov to your poem via the hashtag we hope will eventually be implemented by the Webmiss.
6. In your poem's notes, provide a link to the poem(s) by Levertov that inspired yours.
Comp will be judged by a panel including myself. You have one month; best of luck to all entrants.