Breathing the Water

Arranged in seven parts and culminating in the superb The Showings Lady Julian of Norwich, Breathing the Water draws the readers deep into spiritual domains not in order to leave the world behind, but to reanimate our sometimes dormant love for it.
Breathing the Water Arranged in seven parts and culminating in the superb The Showings Lady Julian of Norwich Breathing the Water draws the readers deep into spiritual domains not in order to leave the world behind but

  • Title: Breathing the Water
  • Author: Denise Levertov
  • ISBN: 9780811210270
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Breathing the Water”

    1. "There will never be that stillness. Within the pulse of flesh,in the dust of being, where we trudge turning our hungry gaze this way and that,the wings of the morningbrush through our bloodas cloud-shadows brush the land.What we desire travels with us.We must breathe time as fishes breathe water.God's flight circles us."

    2. In the first collection of Levertov's poems that I read, I was struck by her anger and sadness over the Vietnam war, as well as the attention to the natural world I had expected. In "Breathing the Water," her talent for observation of the world around her is again on display, with that focus turned to not just nature but also painting, daily life, photography and literature. But what surprised me this time was her sincere and intelligent exploration of religious themes. She shows me a model for [...]

    3. I picked up this little book because the title intrigued me. This is the first book of poetry I purchased by Ms. Levertov and I fell instantly in love with the depth, beauty and soulfulness of the poems. I highly recommend that you read it and even memorize some of the beautiful poems. This is my favorite: VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE A certain day became a presence to me; there it was, confronting me--a sky, air, light: a being. And before it started to descend from the height of noon, it lean [...]

    4. The WellAt sixteen I believed the moonlight could change me if it would. I moved my headon the pillow, even moved my bedas the moon slowlycrossed the open lattice.I wanted beauty, a dangerousgleam of steel, my body thinner,my pale face paler. I moonbatheddiligently, as others sunbathe.But the moon's unsmiling starekept me awake. Mornings,I was flushed and cross.It was on dark nights of deep sleepthat I dreamed the most, sunk in the well,and woke rested, and if not beautiful,filled with some othe [...]

    5. A certain day became a presence to me;there it was, confronting me - a sky, air, light:a being. And before it started to descendfrom the height of noon, it leaned overand struck my shoulder as if withthe flat of a sword, granting mehonour and a task. The day's blowrang out, metallic - or it was I, a bell awakened,and what I heard was my whole selfsaying and singing what it knew: I can- Variation on a Theme by Rilke, pg. 3* * *Uninterpreted, the daysare falling.The spring windis shaking and shaki [...]

    6. Gran poeta en cuanto a la enunciación de una relación con Dios, el arte, la Biblia y una experiencia personal con Él. Hace varios años, estando en Atlanta Ga escogí este libro para un regalo; la autora aún estaba viva y ofrecía en ese tiempo un taller de poesía. Es un placer releerlo y encontrarse con la verdad poética que exalta a Dios de una manera especial.

    7. She does it all!Favorites:Hunting the PhoenixWindow-BlindThe SpyMissing BeatriceEvery DayDuring a Son's Dangerous IllnessMaking Peace'the myriad past'WaveringOn a Theme from Julian's Chapter XXVariation on a Theme by Rilke (The Book of Hours, Book 1, Poem 4)La CordelleThe Showings, 1-6Variation and Reflection on a Theme by Rilke (The Book of Hours, Book 1, Poem 7)

    8. I've loved Denise Levertov's poetry ever since I dressed up as her for an English project in high school and staged a mock protest in front of the administration building. Breathing the Water goes everywhere with me, from apartment to apartment and school to school. It's moved across the country to Massachusetts and come back home again. We are inseparable, this book and I.

    9. Liked section VII the best - more religious/Lenten poems here. Especially liked "Making Peace"and the phrase "desolation of survival" from "During a Son's Dangerous Illness".

    10. This is another I've been working on slowly; this one since last Christmas. I love it. I will revisit it often. Levertov is spiritual in all the most helpful ways.

    11. Smart, beautiful, and filled with (Christian)faith, but not sentimental. This collection is worth the price simply for her set of poems on Julian of Norwich's mystic classic 'Showings'.

    12. god (or some such person) bless bloodaxe books! the put out book after book of not just incredible modern poetry but also incredibly well bound modern poetry,it all makes it that much more of a joy to read and i only stop this spiel (literally speech, i'm not suggesting i'm talking bull excrement) now so that i can go back to reading it! Denise levertov is a master (or perhaps that should be mistress though of course that would imply something entirely different) of language, form, structure, an [...]

    13. Levertov’s collection of poems explores the connections between the spiritual and the everyday through vivid images and powerful words. Particular favorites of mine were “Making Peace” and “Girls.” If you’re looking for a solid book of poetry, then I would highly recommend this collection. Truly, it’s worth a second or third read in order to truly get all of the references made and ideas contained within her poetic lines.

    14. There were two absolutely fantastic poems in here; the others, not so much. Her rhythm is always a little off for me, or her imagery slightly unclear. Maybe that's what she was aiming for. Either way, really close to being the type of poetry I love but not quite my style.

    15. I had read an article about Levertov and from the few excerpts of her poetry, I was curious to read more. However, I had been hopeful that these would be spiritual, and I didn't find them lyrical, spiritual, or as rhythmic as I'd hoped

    16. A nice little volume, with a few breath-stopping moments of surprise, but also a few places where I lost focus. I liked Levertov's use of source material from history, mythology, and other poets as a jumping-off place for her own poetry.

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