In the Plum Dark Belly
Poems by Clair Dunlap
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"What Clair Dunlap accomplishes in her debut book of poetry requires the kind of insight and maturity that often takes a lifetime to acquire. At times so painfully raw and honest that it sits like the heavy stone of a fruit in the pit of your stomach, In the Plum Dark Belly is also the shimmer of light at the end of something brutal and unbelievable. This book is a journey, a trip between places both physical and emotional. And it is a triumph: of overcoming, of acceptance, of the vulnerability of loving, and of struggling not to harden against it. With her delicate descriptions of the many ways a woman can be hurt, Dunlap will be a name shared in the same breath as Lucie Brock-Broido, Cynthia Cruz, Safiya Sinclair. This book is anger, it is bravery, it is healing. You will leave these pages changed."
- Jeva Lange, staff writer at The Week
Excerpt: A Stonefruit (at Vagabond City Lit)
Cover by Daniel Obzejta