Intrusion

By Denise Levertov 1923–1997 Denise Levertov
After I had cut off my hands   
and grown new ones

something my former hands had longed for   
came and asked to be rocked.

After my plucked out eyes
had withered, and new ones grown

something my former eyes had wept for   
came asking to be pitied.

Denise Levertov, “Intrusion” from Poems 1968-1972. Copyright © 1972 by Denise Levertov. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation, www.wwnorton.com/nd/welcome.htm.

Source: Poems 1968-1972 (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1972)

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Poet Denise Levertov 1923–1997

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During the course of a prolific career, Denise Levertov created a highly regarded body of poetry that reflects her beliefs as an artist and a humanist. Her work embraces a wide variety of genres and themes, including nature lyrics, love poems, protest poetry, and poetry inspired by her faith in God. "Dignity, reverence, and strength are words that come to mind as one gropes to characterize . . . one of America's most respected . . .

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SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

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