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Domestic Calicos

Domestic Calicos


The first full-length collection of poetry by Clay Hunt


Praise for Domestic Calicos:


“Clay Hunt’s Domestic Calicos is a collection of poetry addressing loss, generational addiction, and familial complexities.


Through the author’s utmost vulnerability and use of vivid detail and image, he retells stories of trauma and resilience. This poetry collection honors (and is for) the survivor in each of us.”


— Briana Muñoz, Author of Everything is Returned to the Soil (FlowerSong Press 2021)



“The distanced, matter-of-fact poetic voice speaking through the poems in Clay Hunt’s

Domestic Calicos is the lifeline, the thread, the container holding together this astonishing

collection of poems of family catastrophe and human devastation. In this book, the poetic speaker “howl[s] at the moon,” wishing he could feel his mother’s love, “or even remember to notice being loved.” Family is freighted with wreckage and pain even as the speaker of these poems takes tentative steps to shoulder the past’s “delicate boulder.”


Even natural phenomena are viewed through an overlay of domestic violence, as in the poem “Fist Eclipse.” The collection’s title, Domestic Calicos, conceals the feral nature of these family relationships while highlighting the sense of detachment permeating the collection. I’m grateful for this poet’s perspective and for the care shown in examining the power, bleakness, and tenderness of family.”


— Stella Beratlis, Author of Dust Bowl Venus



6"x9" | perfectbound | 85 pgs

  • Available October 7th

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