Leaving A Shadow

Denise Levertov, who chose these poems as part of the National Poetry Series, describes Heather Allen’s poetic style as one of “profound intimacy,” meaning that the poems have the ring of truth, that they seem to come from lived experience. The poems make deep connections between the natural world and “the landscape of the soul,” as Allen writes in the title piece. These are the kind of weighty poems that will reward many readings.

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Denise Levertov