Summer 1982 • Vol. IV No. 3 Contemporary American Poetry |

Imago

The fulcrum of America is the plains,half sea half land. CHARLES OLSON                 There is no Middle West. It is a certainclimate, a certain landscape, and beyondthat, a state of mind of people bornwhere they do not like to live. GLENWAY WESCOTT                 Sometimes, she remembers, a chipped flintwould turn up in a furrow,pink as a peony (from the iron in it)or as the flared throat of a sea shell:a nomad's artifact fished from the broth,half sea half land—hard evidenceof an unfathomed state of mind. Nomads. The wagon train that campedand left its name on Mormon Ridge.The settlers who moved on to California,bequeathing a lap robe pieced from the hideof a dead buffalo, the frail sleighthat sleeps under the haymow, and a headstoneso small it might be playing house,for the infant daughter, aged two days,no name, they also left behind. Half sea half land: the shirker proppedabove her book in

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In 1983, at the age of sixty-three, Amy Clampitt published her first full-length collection, The Kingfisher (Alfred A. Knopf). In the decade that followed, Clampitt published five books of poetry, including What the Light Was Like (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985), Archaic Figure (Alfred A. Knopf, 1987), and Westward (Alfred A. Knopf, 1990). Her last book, A Silence Opens (Alfred A. Knopf), appeared in 1994. The recipient in 1982 of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1984 of an Academy Fellowship, she was made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1992.

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