What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison
PoetryBook - 2006
"Camille Dungy has a garden of verses that spring up with the sunshine or hide with you in the dusk. "Cleaning" best sums up What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison , an amazing poetry collection, when Dungy pens "understanding clearly/what is fatal to the body./I only understand too late/what can be fatal to the heart." Take an ice tea and sit on the veranda or take a glass of wine and prop up in bed but whatever way you like your poetry, this book is a must."
--Nikki Giovanni, author of The Collected Poems of Nikki Giovanni and Black Feeling, Black Talk
"The sorrow here is ironic and unsentimental and yet Camille Dungy's vision is all joy. Even as anti-psalms, these poems are pure transcendence."
--Chris Abani, author of GraceLand and Dog Woman
"Camille Dungy shares with us in this manuscript her sharp, clear and honest ear and her unswerving commitment to the voice of life. She is a brave poet writing true poems and I salute the music and courage of her work."
--Lucille Clifton, author of Blessing the Boats and Mercy