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Amy Clampitt - Life, Works

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Poet, born near New Providence, Iowa, USA. Raised on a farm in Iowa, she attended Columbia University but dropped out before graduating. She worked for Oxford University Press and the National Audubon Society in New York before winning a trip to England for an essay competition. It was there that she started writing poetry. Her first major collection, The Kingfisher (1983), was immediately successful, critics comparing her with Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, and Marianne Moore. Her poetry has been acclaimed for its rich vocabulary and verbal dexterity and for her delight in the natural world. Other collections include What the Light was Like (1985), Archaic Figure (1987), Westward (1990), and A Silence Opens (1994).

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