Amy Clampitt: Collected Poems

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  • Celeste Goodridge (Bowdoin College )

Published in 1997, three years after the poet's death in 1994, The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt includes the five volumes of poetry Clampitt published during the last eleven years of her life: The Kingfisher (1983), What the Light Was Like (1985), Archaic Figure (1987), Westward (1990) and A Silence Opens(1994). Clampitt, a major voice in contemporary American poetry, occupies an increasingly secure place in the canon; she might best be described as a late romantic who is thoroughly engaged with her own historical circumstances. As Bonnie Costello maintains: “Clampitt has absorbed the art of her predecessors, while turning her gaze and adapting her skill to the particular urgencies of her …

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Goodridge, Celeste. "Collected Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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