Amy Clampitt

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

Brought From Beyond

The magpie and the bowerbird, its odd
predilection unheard of by Marco Polo
when he came upon, high in Badakhshan,
that blue stone’s


embedded glint of pyrites, like the dance
of light on water, or of angels
(the surface tension of the Absolute)

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