Author: Amy Clampitt
Date Released: 2005
Page Count: 336
Isbn10 Code: 0231132867
Isbn13 Code: 9780231507837
From Composed over a forty-four year period, Clampitt's letters are written in a markedly different voice from that of her intricate, highly learned poems. Here we get her recipe for granola, her thoughts on proper attire for Manhattan parties ("Being underdressed is the best way of keeping one's perspective"), and her complaints about literary types ("miserable") and "Paradise Lost" ("dull and pompous"). Clampitt achieved recognition for her writing late in life, and it is fascinating to learn of the many things she was doing before then, such as getting jailed for participating in political protests. Her letters are suffused with an inexorable optimism, devoid of any tinge of writerly melancholy or self-pity. At the age of thirty-three, Clampitt wrote to her youngest brother, "Why are people so afraid of being enthusiastic?" Copyright © 2005 Review Lively and accessible, thoughtful and entertaining, Love, Amy is recommended. (Library Journal 9/11/05) In giving us these frank, unpretentious, immensely revelatory letters, Love, Amy enables us to learn more about the remarkable woman who created a splendid body of poetry more likely than many others to endure. (Merle Rubin The Los Angeles Times 9/11/05) This book is a welcome reminder of the unique intimacy afforded by reading another person's letters. (Ben Downing The Wall Street Journal 11/1/05) Clampitt's letters... Offer an expansive view - of her generous spirit, her exceptional mind. (Michelle Gillett The Berkshire Eagle 1/2006) Her letters are suffused with an inexorable optimism. (New Yorker January 2006) [Readers] get to see Clampitt's life... The view is as surprising as her writing style, which is clear, vivid and engaging. (Elizabeth Lund Christian Science Monitor 1/26/2006) In short, she is heroic. The Letters are very moving. (Todd Swift ToddSwift.BlogSpot.com 3/1/2006) Vibrant, attractive, life affirming letters... In this slim collection of letters, is a wonderful sense of the delightful woman. (Martin Rubin Sunday Times 3/1/2006) Here is what e-mail has no patience for: grace, wit, wonder, embellishment, asides, details and real vocabulary. (Isabel Nathaniel Dallas Morning News 4/8/2006) Women can do anything. Or, at least, some women's life stories encourage us to believe... Clampitt's is one of them. (Megan Marshall Boston Sunday Globe 12/1/2006) This is a charming record of a serious, essentially private life... Recommended. (Choice Vol. XXIX, No. 2) The smooth, lucid prose of her letters always reminds us that the verbal athlecticism of her verse... is the work of a highly conscious, purposeful artisan. (Anthony Cuda The New Criterion ) Spiegelman's impeccable and (as only the best are) subtle editorial decisions make this volume a rare pleasure. (Anthony Cuda New Criterion ) This collection shows how she applied in life the moral inquisitiveness and artistic rigour that makes her poetry so remarkable. (London Review of Books ) He has performed an important service by assembling this selection. (Karl Kirchwey Philadelphia Inquirer ) Clampitt's letters, which reveal her sense of literary vocation... are infused with the kind of imagination filled her poetry. (American Literature ) Posterity shimmers in these refractions of a variegated life. (David Galef Verse ) From the first page of Love, Amy, an engaging voice emerges: curious, quirky, opinionated, rueful, celebratory... Spiegleman has made judicious selections. (Judith Kitchen Georgia Review ) What a fine book Willard Spiegelman has given readers, a book that will make people read Amy Clampitt's poetry and appreciate the poetry of her life. (Sam Pickering Kenyon Review )
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