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The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt

Clampitt, Amy (foreword By Mary Jo Salter)

ISBN 10: 0679429972 / ISBN 13: 9780679429975
Editore: Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1997
Condizione: As New Rilegato
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remainder dot else fine unread copy, dj in mylar wrapper, 471 pp w/notes, indices of first lines and titles, ".for the first time, the five collections are brought together in a single volume.the brilliant language - an appealing mix of formal and everyday expression - that poured out with such passion." Author of 'The Kingfisher' - her first collection of poems - published in 1983 at the age of 63. Her last book of poems - 'Silence Opens' was published the year she died in 1994. Recipient of the Guggenheim and Academy of American Poets fellowships. AL001. Codice inventario libreria 000683

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Titolo: The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt

Casa editrice: Alfred A. Knopf, NY

Data di pubblicazione: 1997

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro:As New

Condizione sovraccoperta: As New

Edizione: First Edition

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A collection of poems by the author of Westward, Archaic Figure, What the Light Was Like, and The Kingfisher explores the mysterious point where the familiar touches the unknown.

From Publishers Weekly:

When Clampitt ( What the Light Was Like ) turns to the legend of Pocahontas in her poem, "Matoaka," to uncover the woman behind the "bronze-immobilized, the heathen / princess, demure in / feathered deerskin" who has become little more now than "bric-a-brac," she finds that history, like language, needs continual reformulation: "As words do, / the words we used once, whatever they / once stood for gone. / Begin again. Go back to Majesty, / the word personified, a woman." In line with this credo, Clampitt's gravely luminous fifth volume of poems dwells, with an extraordinary certainty of language, on the uncertain texture of living. Color suffuses an evocative sequence of poems: in "White," that color of "the mirror-haunch of / pronghorn" leads next, in "Green," to the "half-membranous / sheen of birth" and then, in "Thinking Red," to "the clotted winter melancholy / of the sumac; hawthorn encrimsoned, / dogwood beaded." Finally, in "Nondescript," even the lack of color approaches an "in-betweenness, this process that's less / an advent than it is a wandering vaguely." Clampitt's landscape is still and painterly, a canvas suggestive of elegy and mourning as "the mind gropes toward its own recessional." And though her mood is somber, her rhythms are exhilarating: the poems dance with intensity as she calls up abbreviated syllabics, pointillist images, staccato litanies, parenthetical asides and quixotic questions begging: "For what? Can someone tell us?"
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