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When Amy Clampitt’s first collection, The Kingfisher, was published, it was hailed as that rare first book that “signals a major poet in full bloom” (Los Angeles Times). Its author was sixty-three years old. Over the next eleven years, Clampitt produced four additional, major collections. Now, the most essential poems from these five volumes are gathered together.

Clampitt was an impassioned observer of the natural world, the delights of which color many of these poems: writing of the fog, she described “a stuff so single / it might almost be lifted, / folded over, crawled underneath / or slid between, as nakedness- / caressingsheets.” Such was the texture of her language, too. She was a traveler, reporting back from England and Greece, from California and Maine, and from her native Midwest. An Iowa transplant to New York, the descendant of pioneers, she wrote of prairies and subways; of the movements of wildflowers, people, and ideas; and of the widespread modern experience of uprootedness.

Here is a treasure of Amy Clampitt’s verse, for those who are reading her for the first time, as well as for those who have long admired her.

About the Author

Amy Clampitt was the author of five collections of poems: The Kingfisher, What the Light Was Like, Archaic Figure, Westward, and A Silence Opens. She lived in New York City until her death in 1994.

Mary Jo Salter is the author of six collections of poetry, including A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems. She is a professor in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and divides her time between Baltimore, Maryland, and Amherst, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

From The Kingfisher (1983)

The Cove

Fog

Gradual Clearing

The Outer Bar

Sea Mouse

Beach Glass

Marine Surface, Low Overcast

The Sun Underfoot Among the Sundews

On the Disadvantages of Central Heating

A Procession at Candlemas

Times Square Water Music

Salvage

The Cormorant in Its Element

Camouflage

The Kingfisher

Exmoor

Sunday Music

Beethoven, Opus 111

The Woodlot

Imago

Stacking the Straw

Palm Sunday

Remembering Greece

Rain at Bellagio

Or Consider Prometheus

Letters From Jerusalem

Berceuse

The Dahlia Gardens

The Burning Child

 

From What the Light Was Like (1985)

The August Darks

Low Tide at Schoodic

Bertie Goes Hunting

Gooseberry Fool

The Spruce Has No Taproot

What the Light Was Like

Black Buttercups

Witness

Urn-Burial and the Butterfly Migration

High Culture

Voyages: A Homage to John Keats 

   Margate 

   Teignmouth 

   The Elgin Marbles 

   Chichester

   He Dreams of Being Warm 

   The Isle of Wight 

   Winchester: the Autumn Equinox 

   Voyages

The Reedbeds of the Hackensack

Real Estate

Vacant Lot with Tumbleweed and Pigeons

Homer, A.D. 1982

The Hickory Grove

Losing Track of Language

Let the Air Circulate

 

From Archaic Figure (1987)

Archaic Figure

The Olive Groves of Thasos

Tempe in the Rain

Thermopylae

Leaving Yannina

Medusa

Perseus

Hippocrene

Athena

Perseus Airborne

Atlas Immobilized

George Eliot Country

Highgate Cemetery

Grasmere

Coleorton

Rydal Mount

An Anatomy of Migraine

Alice

London Inside and Outside

Babel Aboard the Hellas International Express

Venice Revisited

Man Feeding Pigeons

Tidewater Winter

The Waterfall

A Hermit Thrush

 

From Westward (1990)

Meadowlark Country

Notes on the State of Virginia

Kudzu Dormant 187

Dallas–Fort Worth: Redbud and Mistletoe

Deleted Passage

Seder Night

Iola, Kansas

Having Lunch at Brasenose

Westward

Alders

Blueberrying in August

A Whippoorwill in the Woods

A Winter Burial

Savannah

Amherst

Easedale Tarn

Vacant Lot with Pokeweed

A Hedge of Rubber Trees

My Cousin Muriel

Nothing Stays Put

The Prairie

 

From A Silence Opens (1994)

Syrinx

Hispaniola

Paumanok

Matoaka

Shorebird-Watching

Green

The Horned Rampion

In Umbria: A Snapshot

Birdham

Manhattan

’Eighty-Nine

At Muker, Upper Swaledale

Sed De Correr

Matrix

A Silence

 

Uncollected Poems

Excerpts From The Sun on the Stone

The Equinoctial Disturbances

Pot Nomads

The Winter Bird

 

Notes By Amy Clampitt

Short Chronology

Suggestions for Further Reading

Index of Titles

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375711930
Author:
Clampitt, Amy
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Editor:
Salter, Mary Jo
Author:
Salter, Mary Jo
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.01 x 1.02 in 1.5 lb

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