Amy Clampitt

(15 June 1920 - 10 September 1994 / New Providence, Iowa)

Amy Clampitt Poems

1. Athena 2/10/2015
2. Brought From Beyond 4/20/2010
3. A Cure At Porlock 4/20/2010
4. Salvage 1/13/2003
5. A Catalpa Tree On West Twelfth Street 1/13/2003
6. A Hedge Of Rubber Trees 1/13/2003
7. Syrinx 1/13/2003
8. Exmoor 1/13/2003
9. Nothing Stays Put 1/13/2003
10. Gradual Clearing 1/20/2003
11. A Hermit Thrush 1/13/2003
12. On The Disadvantages Of Central Heating 1/13/2003
13. Easter Morning 1/13/2003
14. The Sun Underfoot Among The Sundews 1/13/2003
15. A Silence 1/13/2003
16. Fog 1/13/2003
17. Vacant Lot With Pokeweed 1/13/2003
18. Beach Glass 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Amy Clampitt

Beach Glass

While you walk the water's edge,
turning over concepts
I can't envision, the honking buoy
serves notice that at any time
the wind may change,
the reef-bell clatters
its treble monotone, deaf as Cassandra
to any note but warning. The ocean,
cumbered by no business more urgent
than keeping open old accounts
that never balanced,
goes on shuffling its millenniums
of quartz, granite, and basalt.
It behaves
toward the permutations of novelty—
driftwood and shipwreck, last night's
beer cans, spilt oil, the coughed-up
residue of ...

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A Cure At Porlock

For whatever did it—the cider
at the Ship Inn, where the crowd
from the bar that night had overflowed
singing into Southey’s Corner, or


an early warning of appendicitis—
the remedy the chemist in the High Street
purveyed was still a dose of kaopectate

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