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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Poetry and Books To Be Reviewed

 I love this poem by Denise Levertov and while I know I posted it on the other blog some years ago, I couldn't find that I'd done so on this blog. 

The Secret

by Denise Levertov 
Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of

I who don't know the
secret wrote
the line. They
told me

(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was
not even

what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the secret,

the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can't find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other

in other
happenings. And for
wanting to know it,

assuming there is
such a secret, yes,
for that
most of all.
Here is a post from 2008's National Poetry month with a poem that ties in with The Once Upon a Time challenge. How to Change a Frog into a Prince is funny and sly, and I love it!

Waiting to be reviewed:  Darling Jim by Christian Moerk (WOW!), A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell , The Golden Child by Penelope Fitzgerald,  and The Shadow Hunt by Katherine Langrish. I liked all of them, but obviously have a favorite. 


  1. I really like this poem, thanks for sharing it.

  2. Caroline - I love Levertov's voice in this poem; her sense of pleasure in the pleasure the girls received!

    Annie - For me, the poem encapsulates what poetry should be. Discovery.