Lauren Camp’s Took House is an astonishing, enchanted world of nature and cityscape, interior terrains, art-making and witnessing all at once.
— Hala Alyan
“Every time I read Lauren Camp, I’m reminded of how extraordinary she is—the complexities managed with sophistication and grace. This time, Camp honors Mabel Dodge Luhan, creating a myth and culture of her country, orbiting New Mexico with icons D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ansel Adams. But the poet’s relationship—in dialogue with her creation—is the book’s main character.”
— Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books
In this collection, Lauren Camp explores the lives of a first-generation Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi parent. One Hundred Hungers tells overlapping stories of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation, evoking Baghdad in the 1940s at a time when tensions began to emerge along ethnic and religious lines. She also draws upon memories of Sabbath dinners in America to reveal how family culture persists.
The volatile compounds at the core of Lauren Camp’s second book are poems of the coiled environment and tremendous loss. She writes, perhaps wryly, perhaps optimistically, “either we’re standing in disordered light before the disappointment, or it’s after.”
In this first volume of poetry, Lauren Camp focuses a prismatic lens on the ragged aesthetic of society, and by doing so, constructs an educated view of life.