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Collected Poems of 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

Foreword
The Covep. 5
Fogp. 7
Gradual Clearingp. 8
The Outer Barp. 9
Sea Mousep. 10
Beach Glassp. 11
Marine Surface, Low Overcastp. 13
The Sun Underfoot Among the Sundewsp. 15
Botanical Nomenclaturep. 16
On the Disadvantages of Central Heatingp. 17
Meridianp. 18
A Resumption, or Possibly a Remissionp. 19
A Procession at Candlemasp. 21
The Dakotap. 26
Times Square Water Musicp. 27
The Edge of the Hurricanep. 33
Amaranth and Molyp. 34
Salvagep. 36
Balmsp. 37
Lindenbloomp. 38
The Cormorant in Its Elementp. 39
Camouflagep. 40
The Kingfisherp. 42
The Smaller Orchidp. 44
A Hairline Fracturep. 45
Exmoorp. 46
Dancers Exercisingp. 47
Slow Motionp. 48
Sunday Musicp. 49
Beethoven, Opus IIIp. 50
The Quarryp. 55
The Woodlotp. 57
Imagop. 59
The Local Geniusp. 62
Stacking the Strawp. 63
Palm Sundayp. 67
Good Fridayp. 68
Easter Morningp. 70
Marginal Employmentp. 73
Tepoztlanp. 74
Remembering Greecep. 76
The Reservoirs of Mount Heliconp. 77
Transimenep. 78
Rain at Bellagiop. 79
Or Consider Prometheusp. 89
The Anniversaryp. 91
Letters from Jerusalemp. 93
Berceusep. 95
The Dahlia Gardensp. 96
The Burning Childp. 101
A Baroque Sunburstp. 107
The August Darksp. 108
Low Tide at Schoodicp. 109
Bertie Goes Huntingp. 110
Cloudberry Summerp. 112
Gooseberry Foolp. 115
The Spruce Has No Taprootp. 117
What the Light Was Likep. 119
Black Buttercupsp. 125
Witnessp. 128
From a Clinic Waiting Roomp. 129
A Curfewp. 130
Urn-Burial and the Butterfly Migrationp. 132
The Cooling Towerp. 135
A New Lifep. 136
High Culturep. 139
Margatep. 143
Teignmouthp. 144
The Elgin Marblesp. 146
Chichesterp. 151
He Dreams of Being Warmp. 154
The Isle of Wightp. 156
Winchester: The Autumn Equinoxp. 158
Voyagesp. 160
The Reedbeds of the Hackensackp. 165
Burial in Cypress Hillsp. 166
The Godfather Returns to Color TVp. 168
Real Statep. 169
A Scaffoldp. 170
Vacant Lot with Tumbleweed and Pigeonsp. 172
Ringing Doorbellsp. 173
Townhouse Interior with Catp. 174
Timep. 175
Homer, A.D. 1982p. 177
The Hickory Grovep. 181
Losing Track of Languagep. 182
Written in Waterp. 184
A Cure at Porlockp. 185
The Sacred Hearth Firep. 186
Let the Air Circulatep. 191
Archaic Figurep. 197
The Olive Groves Thasosp. 198
Ano Priniosp. 200
Tempe in the Rainp. 202
Olympiap. 204
Thermopylaep. 205
Leaving Yanninap. 206
Dodona: Asked of the Oraclep. 207
Medusap. 211
Perseusp. 213
Hippocrenep. 215
Athenap. 216
The Nereids of Seriphosp. 217
Seriphos Unvisitedp. 220
Perseus Airbornep. 221
Atlas Immobilizedp. 222
George Eliot Countryp. 225
Medusa at Broadstairsp. 227
Highgate Cemeteryp. 229
Margaret Fuller, 1847p. 231
Grasmerep. 234
Coleortonp. 237
Rydal Mountp. 240
The Odessa Stepsp. 242
An Anatomy of Migrainep. 243
Alicep. 249
London Inside and Outsidep. 253
Babel Aboard the Hellas International Expressp. 255
Salonikip. 259
Venice Revisitedp. 260
Man Feeding Pigeonsp. 263
Progress at Building with (Fewer) Pigeonsp. 264
Midsummer in the Blueberry Barrensp. 266
Tidewater Winterp. 267
Runes, Blurs, Sap Risingp. 269
Continental Driftp. 270
The Waterfallp. 271
A Hermit Thrushp. 272
John Donne in Californiap. 279
Meadowlark Countryp. 280
Notes on the State of Virginiap. 281
Kudzu Dormantp. 283
The Field Pansyp. 284
Dallas - Fort Worth: Redbud and Mistletoep. 286
Deleted Passagep. 287
Seder Nightp. 288
Mulciber at West Eggp. 289
At a Rest Stop in Ohiop. 290
Iola, Kansasp. 291
Antiphonalp. 292
A Note from Leydenp. 293
Having Lunch ar Brasenosep. 295
Westwardp. 297
Grassesp. 305
Aldersp. 306
Blueberrying in Augustp. 307
The Beach Peap. 308
High Noonp. 310
A Whippoorwill in the Woodsp. 313
A Winter Burialp. 315
Portola Valleyp. 316
A Minor Tremorp. 317
Savannahp. 318
Amherstp. 319
The Hurricane and Charlotte Mewp. 321
Dejection: A Footnotep. 322
Easedale Tarnp. 323
Fireweedp. 325
Vacant Lot with Pokeweedp. 329
The Subway Singerp. 330
My Cousin Murielp. 331
A Hedge of Rubber Treesp. 334
The Halloween Paradep. 336
Nothing Stays Putp. 339
Syrinxp. 363
Discoveryp. 364
Hispaniolap. 366
Paumanokp. 368
Matoakap. 369
Brought from Beyondp. 377
The Underworld of Dantep. 378
Shorebird-Watchingp. 385
Whitep. 387
Greenp. 388
Thinking Redp. 389
Nondescriptp. 390
The Horned Rampionp. 391
Bayou Afternoonp. 393
In Umbria: A Snapshotp. 397
Birdhamp. 398
At Easterlyp. 399
Handed Downp. 401
Manhattanp. 402
The War Memorialp. 407
'Eighty-Ninep. 408
At Muker, Upper Swaledalep. 415
Homelandp. 418
Sed de Correrp. 420
A Cadenzap. 424
Seedp. 425
Matrixp. 428
A Silencep. 432
Notesp. 435
Index of First Linesp. 461
Index of Titlesp. 467
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ISBN: 9780375700644
ISBN-10: 0375700641
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.68