by Amy Clampitt; Knopf; 128 pages
$18.95 hardcover, $9.95 paperback
Amy Clampitt was in her late 50s when her first book of poems appeared in 1983. As if to make up for lost time, she has since published three additional volumes. She writes with such easy eloquence that it is hard to believe she has not already enjoyed several prolific decades. The Kingfisher was an outstanding debut -- mature, allusive verse that assumed a reader who had traveled and read a bit. In a climate of minimalists and confessional poets, it was a nourishing refreshment, and it won a well-deserved...