What My House Would Be Like If It Were A Person

By Denise Levertov 1923–1997 Denise Levertov
This person would be an animal.
This animal would be large, at least as large
as a workhorse. It would chew cud, like cows,
having several stomachs.
No one could follow it
into the dense brush to witness
its mating habits. Hidden by fur,
its sex would be hard to determine.
Definitely it would discourage
investigation. But it would be, if not teased,
a kind, amiable animal,
confiding as a chickadee. Its intelligence
would be of a high order,
neither human nor animal, elvish.
And it would purr, though of course,
it being a house, you would sit in its lap,
not it in yours.

Denise Levertov, “What My House Would Be Like If It Were A Person” from Poems 1972-1982. Copyright © 1978 by Denise Levertov. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Poems 1972-1982 (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2002)

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Poet Denise Levertov 1923–1997

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Relationships, Home Life, Pets, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design

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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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SUBJECT Relationships, Home Life, Pets, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

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