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A Silence Opens: Poems Amy Clampitt 0679750223 9780679750222 In her exquisite and profound new collection, Amy Clampitt explores the mysterious point where the familiar touches the unknown. Here are poems of the worlds splendor an
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A Silence Opens: Poems by Amy Clampitt

In her exquisite and profound new collection, Amy Clampitt explores the mysterious point where the familiar touches the unknown. Here are poems of the worlds splendor and of nightmare, of remembrance and revelation - of wetlands glistening at the margin, of the old Greenwich Village crew now in its waning phase, of a spaceship trailing its vaporous frond upward toward discovery. The dance of language (May Swenson), the richness of perception (Richard Wilbur), and the profusion of detail that have marked Amy Clampitts work from the beginning are once again magnificently displayed in celebrating nature - magpie and bowerbird, Maine fog, a bayou afternoon. A poet of place - and displacement - Clampitt captures Umbria in a snapshot of a two-year-old girl, a ringlet-aureoled refugee from a fresco, and evokes the childhood terrors residing in the darkness of an Iowa apple cellar. Her poems, also, in the words of Mona Van Duyn, light up human figures, the human drama: Matoaka, whose legend (we know her as Pocahuntus) obscures even what she was called; George Fox, the imprisoned Quaker radical envisioning heavenly rain descending. In A Silence Opens - as in all her work - Amy Clampitt moves, delights, and strengthens us with her joy in life and all the living, the clarity and truth of her vision.

Author: Amy Clampitt

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1996-02-27

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