Denise Levertov quotes

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In the dense light of wakened flesh
animal man is a prince. As from alabaster
All that blesses the step of the antelope
all the grace a giraffe lifts to the highest leaves
Woman fears for man, he goes
out alone to his labors. No mirror
nests in his pocket.
His sex hangs unhidden
or rises before him
blind and questing.
her being
is a cave, there are bones at the hearth.
Don't lock me in wedlock, I want
marriage, an
I would be
and meet you
in a green
airy space, not
locked in.
Sleeping, sleeping,
it is the
thunder of the serpent
drumroll of
the mounting smell of
jet, obsidian, ember
of bloodstone, glisten
of mineral green.
And what
hangs out there
speech akin to the light
with which at day's end and day's
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