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Amy Clampitt (1920–1994)

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Amy Clampitt was born in New Providence, Iowa on June 15, 1920. She graduated from Grinnell College and moved to New York City. To support herself, she worked as a secretary at the Oxford University Press, a reference librarian at the Audubon Society, and a freelance editor. Her first published vis mere poem appeared in The New Yorker in 1978. Her first volume of poetry, The Kingfisher, was published in 1983. Her other books include What the Light Was Like, Archaic Figure, Westward, A Silence Opens, and Her Collected Poems. A recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship in 1982, she was also granted the Fellowship Award of the Academy of American Poets in 1984 and the MacArthur Prize Fellow in 1992. She taught at the College of William and Mary, Smith College, and Amherst College She died of cancer on September 10, 1994. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Amy Clampitt

The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt (1997) 126 eksemplarer
The Kingfisher (1983) 93 eksemplarer
What the Light Was Like (1985) 93 eksemplarer
Archaic Figure (1987) 70 eksemplarer
Westward (1990) 66 eksemplarer
The Essential Donne (1988) 42 eksemplarer
A Silence Opens (1994) 39 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (2010) 14 eksemplarer
A homage to John Keats 2 eksemplarer
Hippocrene 1 eksemplar
Amy Clampitt (1988) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,253 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Bidragyder — 746 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Bidragyder — 170 eksemplarer
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Bidragyder — 162 eksemplarer
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) — Bidragyder — 153 eksemplarer
Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology (1999) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Of Leaf and Flower: Stories and Poems for Gardeners (2001) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer

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New Providence, Iowa, USA
New York, New York, USA
Grinnell College
Columbia University
New School for Social Research
reference librarian
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature, 1987)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets(1985)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award(Literature ∙ 1984)
MacArthur Fellowship (1992)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1982)
Kort biografi
Amy Clampitt was born to Quaker parents and raised on a farm in Iowa. At Grinnell College, she studied English literature and wrote fiction and poetry. After she graduated from college, she lived mainly in New York City and worked at a variety of jobs, including as a secretary at Oxford University Press, as a reference librarian at the National Audubon Society, and as a freelance writer, editor, and researcher. She was an editor at the E.P. Dutton publishing company from 1977 to 1982. She also served as a writer-in-residence at the College of William and Mary, as a poet-in-residence at Smith College, visiting writer at Amherst College, and as a visiting professor at Washington University. When she was in her forties, she returned to writing poetry. Her first poem was published by The New Yorker in 1978. In 1983, at the age of 63, she published her first full-length collection, The Kingfisher. Her last book, A Silence Opens, appeared in 1994. She also published a book of essays and several privately printed editions of her longer poems. Amy Clampitt edited the volume The Essential Donne (1988).



I get the feeling this one's going to take me a while to get through.
KatrinkaV | 1 anden anmeldelse | May 10, 2023 |
Amy Clampitt���s poetry is phenomenal, but she didn���t publish until she was in her sixties. Her letters show that writing, reading, and criticism were all an integral and essential part of her life as early as the 1950s���when the selection here begins���and that she knew writing was her calling. Even still, she knew that learning and practicing and revisiting were critical tasks a writer needs to pursue before mastering the craft.

Her letters are full of wit, precision, and an incisive wit that would later make its way into playwriting, novels, and finally her true calling: poetry. Reading the letters is a journey one takes along with Clampitt as she comes into her own, as she breaks new ground, traces her steps back, tries new tactics, and eventually finds her own voice���a voice she���s always sure she���s had, and one evident in her letters all throughout, but one that takes its time to evolve and reach maturity. It���s a journey well worth taking, and it proves that being a writer is much more than just writing: it is about honing one���s craft, learning about traditions, breaking molds, and experimenting over and over again.… (mere)
proustitute | Apr 2, 2023 |
Amy Clampitt's career as a poet was far too short---just 11 years. But she created a body of work any poet would be proud of. "The Kingfisher" was her amazing debut collection back in 1983 when she was 63 years old, and it stands today was one of the best collections of the second half of the 20th Century. For that matter, it has staying power. As I read and reread it in 2018, I hear echoes of Gerard Manley Hopkins AND Wallace Stevens. Her love of words as music, her encyclopedic incorporation of art, geography, botany, nature, travelogue, biography can make some of her poems dense. But each one bears rereading. Even those that seem most approachable at first have depths of feeling, thinking and experience. Read and savor.… (mere)
dasam | Jun 20, 2018 |
Wonderful poetry which, however, requires a reader to have a dictionary available at a moment's notice.
Poemblaze | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 7, 2006 |



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