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The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt

Author : Amy Clampitt
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When Amy Clampitt's first book of poems, The Kingfisher, was published in January 1983, the response was jubilant. The poet was sixty-three years old, and there had been no debut like hers in recent memory. "A dance of language," said May Swenson. "A genius for places," wrote J. D. McClatchy, and the New York Times Book Review said, "With the publication of her brilliant first book, Clampitt immediately merits consideration as one of the most distinguished contemporary poets." She went on to publish four more collections in the next eleven years, the last one, A Silence Opens, appearing in the year she died. Now, for the first time, the five collections are brought together in a single volume, allowing us to experience anew the distinctiveness of Amy Clampitt's voice: the brilliant language--an appealing mix of formal and everyday expression--that poured out with such passion and was shaped in rhythms and patterns entirely her own. Amy Clampitt's themes are the very American ones of place and displacement. She, like her pioneer ancestors, moved frequently, but she wrote with lasting and deep feeling about all sorts of landscapes--the prairies of her Iowa childhood, the fog-wrapped coast of Maine, and places she visited in Europe, from the western isles of Scotland to Italy's lush countryside. She lived most of her adult life in New York City, and many of her best-known poems, such as "Times Square Water Music" and "Manhattan Elegy," are set there. She did not hesitate to take on the larger upheavals of the twentieth century--war, Holocaust, exile--and poems like "The Burning Child" and "Sed de Correr" remind us of the dark nightmare lurking in the interstices of our daily existence. It is impossible to speak of Amy Clampitt's poetry without mentioning her immense, lifelong love of birds and wildflowers, a love that produced some of her most profound images--like the kingfisher's "burnished plunge, the color / of felicity afire," which came "glancing like an arrow / through landscapes of untended memory" to remind her of the uninhabitable sorrow of an affair gone wrong; or the sun underfoot among the sundews, "so dazzling / . . . that, looking, / you start to fall upward." The Collected Poems offers us a chance to consider freshly the breadth of Amy Clampitt's vision and poetic achievement. It is a volume that her many admirers will treasure and that will provide a magnificent introduction for a new generation of readers. With a foreword by Mary Jo Salter

Selected Poems

Author : Amy Clampitt
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"After one of the most extraordinary late starts in our literature . . . Amy Clampitt has become one of our poetry's necessary imaginations."---William Logan, Chicago Tribune --

Westward

Author : Amy Clampitt
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Poems deal with nature, migration, the West, wildflowers, travel, mortality, change, and the prairie

The Kingfisher

Author : Amy Clampitt
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This debut collection of poetry demonstrates an illuminating diversity and consummate virtuosity in its keen observations of, and response to, the world around

A Silence Opens

Author : Amy Clampitt
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A collecton of poems explores the mysterious point where the familiar touches the unknown

A Study Guide for Amy Clampitt s Fog

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A Study Guide for Amy Clampitt's "Fog", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Studentsfor all of your research needs.

Predecessors Et Cetera

Author : Amy Clampitt
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Reflecting on her poetic predecessors and contemporaries, Amy Clampitt reveals the many connections in their craft

Archaic Figure

Author : Amy Clampitt
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A Study Guide for Amy Clampitt s Iola Kansas

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A Study Guide for Amy Clampitt's "Iola, Kansas," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.

What the Light was Like

Author : Amy Clampitt
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Forty poems deal with the people, plants and animals of New England, the English poet John Keats, and the landscape of New York City

New and Selected Poems

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"His poems seem to appear in the world as naturally as wildflowers". -- Denise Levertov.

The Ocean the Bird and the Scholar

Author : Helen Vendler
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A Times Higher Education Book of the Week One of our foremost commentators on poetry examines the work of a broad range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, Irish, and American poets. The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar gathers two decades’ worth of Helen Vendler’s essays, book reviews, and occasional prose—including the 2004 Jefferson Lecture—in a single volume. “It’s one of [Vendler’s] finest books, an impressive summation of a long, distinguished career in which she revisits many of the poets she has venerated over a lifetime and written about previously. Reading it, one can feel her happiness in doing what she loves best. There is scarcely a page in the book where there isn’t a fresh insight about a poet or poetry.” —Charles Simic, New York Review of Books “Vendler has done perhaps more than any other living critic to shape—I might almost say ‘create’—our understanding of poetry in English.” —Joel Brouwer, New York Times Book Review “Poems are artifacts and [Vendler] shows us, often thrillingly, how those poems she considers the best specimens are made...A reader feels that she has thoroughly absorbed her subjects and conveys her understanding with candor, clarity, wit.” —John Greening, Times Literary Supplement

Staying Alive

Author : Neil Astley
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An anthology of five hundred poems by poets from around the world explores themes of passion, spirituality, death, and friendship, in a collection that includes contributions by such writers as Mary Oliver, W.H. Auden, Charles Simic.

The Essential Donne

Author : John Donne
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A collection of Donne's poems, selected from the book of the same title.

Public Library Catalog

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Imaginative Transcripts

Author : Willard Spiegelman
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Willard Spiegelman is considered one of the finest critics of poetry writing today and this volume collects his best work on the subject, offering essays that span his entire career and chart his changing relationship to an elusive form. He takes the measure of a wide spectrum of poetry, ranging from the Romantic era to the present, through an examination of those poets whose language, formal experiments, and music have fascinated him throughout his career. With his trademark engaging and stylish prose, Spiegelman takes readers on a tour of the rich and diverse landscape of British and American poetry, as he provides nuanced, insightful readings of works by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Ashbery, to name just a few.

Visiting Emily

Author : Sheila Coghill
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Anthology of work by eighty poets explores the life and influence of Emily Dickinson. Poems written in traditional and experimental forms. Includes the following poets: Archibald MacLeish, John Berry man, Yvor Winters, Adrienne Rich, Richard Eberhart, Richard Wilbur, Maxine Kumin, Amy Clampitt, William Stafford, and Galway Kinnell.

MacArthur Fellows

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Contemporary American Poetry

Author : R. S. Gwynn
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Edited by poets about poets, "Contemporary American Poetry" is a chronologically organized anthology covering major poets born after 1920.

Literature in English

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