Who is Amy Clampitt

Amy Clampitt (June 15, 1920 – September 10, 1994) was an American poet and author.


Clampitt was born on June 15, 1920, of Quaker parents, and brought up in New Providence, Iowa. 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 firs...
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Amy Clampitt Poems

  • Brought From Beyond
    The magpie and the bowerbird, its odd
    predilection unheard of by Marco Polo
    when he came upon, high in Badakhshan,
    that blue stoneâ??s ...
  • Athena
    Force of reason, who shut up the shrill
    foul Furies in the dungeon of the Parthenon,
    led whimpering to the cave they live in still,
  • Easter Morning
    a stone at dawn
    cold water in the basin
    these walls' rough plaster
    imageless ...
  • A Hermit Thrush
    Nothing's certain. Crossing, on this longest day,
    the low-tide-uncovered isthmus, scrambling up
    the scree-slope of what at high tide
    will be again an island, ...
  • Fog
    A vagueness comes over everything,
    as though proving color and contour
    alike dispensable: the lighthouse
    extinct, the islands' spruce-tips ...
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Night 4 Blue 4 High 4 Water 4 Long 4 Forever 3 Beneath 3 Fog 3 Cold 3 Color 3

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Poetsorg: last night you woke me for a look at jupiter, that vast cinder wheeled unblinking in a bath of galaxies. —amy clampitt
Coldmtnreview: does anyone have handy a copy of amy clampitt's poem "discovery"??? you could send cmr's way
Morethanmysle: never forget: brett kavanaugh, neil gorsuch, & amy coney barrett all lied at their nomination hearings under oath & committed perjury. they were *also* federal judges at the time! all 3 are liars!
This_is_paaaavo: "amy clampitt"...
Postfilm: also read: amy clampitt's what the light was like. i'm planning to read liam e. semmler's the early modern grotesque and ritchie robertson's the enlightenment; david fairer’s the devil’s cathedral.
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The waters chased him as he fled
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The waters chased him as he fled,
Not daring look behind-
A billow whispered in his Ear,
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