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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
The image of this fountain has such rich resonance.
The water and the "dryness at our hearts."
Its water springing out of the rock wall.
Footholds allowing us to climb.
Drinking the cool water.
The "woman of that place," waiting to see how much we will drink.
And Levertov's exhortation, "Don't say, don't say there is no water." That line, to me, is the pulsing heart of the poem. Those words follow you long after the rest of the poem softens into the gossamer of memory.
It is still there and always there...
Rather than try to offer my own understanding of this poem, I'll just let these words work their wet alchemy, their "quiet song and strange power... to spring in us."
Have a beautiful day!
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