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.