Dana Greene on Poet Denise Levertov

Watch our October 24 interview at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC with biographer Dana Greene, author of Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life (University of Illinois Press, 2012). Levertov (1923-1997) was a poet of doubt and faith, Christianity and Judaism, war and peace, protest, lament, nature, spirituality, and more. Her life and poetic development, both religious in their origins, are gracefully captured in Greene’s acclaimed new biography, described as “an authoritative portrait of one of the central figures in American poetry of the last fifty years.” Levertov’s photograph by David Geier is part of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition on “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets,” curated by David C. Ward. Produced by Lauren Talley. Edited by Fred Yi. Interview by Missy Daniel.