- September 10
) was an American poet
was born on June 15
parents, and brought up in New Providence
. In the American Academy of Arts and Letters
and at nearby Grinnell College
she began a study of English literature
that eventually led her to poetry. She graduated from Grinnell College, and from that time on lived mainly in 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. Not until the mid-1960s, when she was in her forties, did she return to writing poetry. Her first poem was published by The New Yorker
in 1978. In 1983, at the age of sixty-three, she published her first full-length collection, The Kingfisher
. In the decade that followed, Clampitt published five books of poetry, including What the Light Was Like
(1985), Archaic Figure
(1987), and Westward
(1990). 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. She was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
and taught at the College of William and Mary
, Smith College
, and Amherst College
, but it was her time spent in Manhattan, in a remote part of Maine, and on various trips to Europe, the former Soviet Union, Iowa, Wales, and England that most directly influenced her work. Clampitt was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship
, a MacArthur Fellowship (1992)
, and she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
and the American Academy of Poets
. She died of cancer in September, 1994.
- Multitudes, Multitudes (Washington Street Press, 1973).
- The Summer Solstice (Sarabande Press, 1983).
- The Kingfisher (Knopf, 1983). ISBN 0-394-52840-9.
- What the Light Was Like (Knopf, 1983). ISBN 0-394-54318-1.
- Archaic Figure (Knopf, 1987). ISBN 0-394-75090-X.
- Westward (Knopf, 1990). ISBN 0-394-58455-4.
- Manhattan: An Elegy, and Other Poems (University of Iowa Center for the Book, 1990).
- A Silence Opens (Knopf, 1994). ISBN 0-679-75022-3.
- The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt (Knopf, 1997). ISBN 0-375-70064-1.
- A Homage to John Keats (Sarabande Press, 1984).
- The Essential Donne (Ecco Press, 1988). ISBN 0-88001-480-6.
- Predecessors, Et Cetera: Essays (University of Michigan Press, 1991). ISBN 0-472-06457-6.