as kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame . . .
— Gerard Manley Hopkins

Click on the titles below to read the full poem

Gradual Clearing

from The Kingfisher

Beach Glass

from The Kingfisher

The Sun Underfoot Among the Sundews

from The Kingfisher

The Dahlia Gardens

from The Kingfisher

The Kingfisher

from The Kingfisher

Imago

from The Kingfisher

The August Darks

from What the Light Was Like

Black Buttercups

from What the Light Was Like

Winchester: The Autumn Equinox

from What the Light Was Like

The Reedbeds of the Hackensack

from What the Light Was Like

The Nereids of Seriphos

from Archaic Figure

The Waterfall

from Archaic Figure

A Hermit Thrush

from Archaic Figure

Grasses

from Westward

Savannah

from Westward

Fireweed

from Westward

Nothing Stays Put

from Westward

Syrinx

from A Silence Opens

The Horned Rampion

from A Silence Opens

 
 

The poems available on this site cover Amy Clampitt’s entire career, from each of her collections of poems published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Amy Clampitt’s poems deal with a vast array of topics, ranging from literary biography, impassioned political protest, and her ancestors’ westward immigrations over the plains. Her poems engage with the ecology of place, whether that “place,” such as the Meadowlands of New Jersey, be rural, industrial, or urban. 

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