The Uncovering

The Uncovering
Jennifer Camp
Fernwood Press


Available for pre-order – ships this spring

Raw, relatable, and powerfully vulnerable, The Uncovering voices the internal struggle of the human heart – the hidden terrors of low self-worth and the devastating beauty of honesty. A book of courage and contemplation, offering the reader participation in the heart’s fight for truth in the face of self-sabotage and self-deceit, this debut collection considers the universal struggle to acknowledge the deepest parts of who we are – what one is capable of but wants to push aside, cover-up, and ignore – and the ultimate cost when we do: the loss of identity, the purest definition of self. 

Representing the heart’s natural state of rebellion, the unremitting, contentious wrestling match between surrender and pride, this generous collection traces the poet’s earnest desire to forgive and accept, with tender honesty, the self, flaws and all:  “Do not be afraid/ dear heart/ to feel,” the poet writes. And “The wonder of a day / cannot be contained, / for it is where you look, she says,/ that pulls you toward what you /most love or most hate.” The poetry of The Uncovering breathes hope into the details of life’s otherwise regrettable moments, suggesting the value of taking one messy step at a time into the otherwise hidden places of our hearts to uncover what lies beneath the surface of fear and truly see what’s next.

When I read Jennifer Camp's The Uncovering, I was struck by her ability to hold universal truths in images of everyday life. Her poems carry a boldness and simplicity that make it easy to dive in, but quickly, you find your feet no longer touching the bottom. I highly recommend this beautiful and poignant collection of poems that is both transcendent and accessible.

Stephen Roach, author, host of Makers and Mystics Podcast, The Breath & The Clay 

Jennifer Camp’s poems are like candid confessions that read with cadence and a gentle calm. She tells stories in her stanzas, inviting all to find reflection in her words. This book reads like a tender conversation and will invite you to consider uncovering your own sacred story.

Rachel Marie Kang, author of Let There Be Art and The Matter of Little Losses.

Jennifer Camp is the perfect person to present to us these emotive and expressive cries of the soul.

Paul J. Pastor, author of Bower Lodge: Poems

Jennifer J. Camp

grew up in an almond orchard in Northern California and is the author of Loop: What Women Need to Know and Breathing Eden. She lives south of San Francisco with her husband, Justin, and they have three children.


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