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Denise Levertov was an English-born poet, essayist and political activist who wrote matter-of-fact verse on both personal and political themes. She's known for such works as The Sorrow Dance and The Freeing of the Dust.
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She wrote her most personal essays in her 1995 book, Tesserae: Memories and Suppositions.
Levertov died on December 20, 1997, at the age of 74, in a Seattle, Washington, hospital. According to The New York Times, her death was caused by complications of lymphoma.
In tribute to Levertov, Robert Creeley called her "a remarkable and transforming poet,
" in an interview with The Times, adding, "She always had a vivid emotional response and also a completely dedicated sense of political and social need."
Two years after her death, readers got a chance to enjoy Levertov's final reflections in This Great Unknowing: Last Poems.
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