Amy Clampitt Poems

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1.
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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2.
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
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3.
Vacant Lot With Pokeweed

Tufts, follicles, grubstake
biennial rosettes, a low-
life beach-blond scruff of
couch grass: notwithstanding
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4.
The Sun Underfoot Among The Sundews

An ingenuity too astonishing
to be quite fortuitous is
this bog full of sundews, sphagnum-
lines and shaped like a teacup.
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5.
Easter Morning

a stone at dawn
cold water in the basin
these walls' rough plaster
imageless
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6.
A Silence

past parentage or gender
beyond sung vocables
the slipped-between
the so infinitesimal
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7.
On The Disadvantages Of Central Heating

cold nights on the farm, a sock-shod
stove-warmed flatiron slid under
the covers, mornings a damascene-
sealed bizarrerie of fernwork
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8.
Gradual Clearing

Late in the day the fog
wrung itself out like a sponge
in glades of rain,
sieving the half-invisible
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9.
Nothing Stays Put

In memory of Father Flye, 1884-1985


The strange and wonderful are too much with us.
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10.
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,
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