Amy Clampitt

1920–1994
Amy Clampitt

Born in the small Quaker-settled town of New Providence, Iowa, poet Amy Clampitt grew up on her family’s farm, where she discovered a love for, and ease in, the natural world. An antiwar activist, she left the Episcopal Church after years of active membership because she felt the Church was not strong enough in its opposition to the war. Influenced by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson, Clampitt wrote poetry marked by an expansive use of language, weaving botanical names and foreign phrases into her musical, syntactically complex explorations of the natural and domestic worlds.

What People are Saying

"Even people who don't particularly enjoy most forms of poetry can still find a poem that they enjoy AND be very good at reciting if they set their minds to it. What makes poetry so appealing is its ability to describe all sorts of different aspects of the human experience in a new and unique light. There is a poem out there for everyone. Even my dad...maybe."
Danielle Corbett
2016 NH POL Champion