Poetry. TOOK HOUSE is a disquieting book about intimate relationships and what is seen and hidden. In vulnerable poems of obsession, Camp places motivation deep in the background, following instead a chain reaction between pain and pleasure. TOOK HOUSE navigates a landscape of bone and ash, wine and circumstance. Boundaries shift between reality and allegory. The unknown appears and repeats, eerily echoing need. Blame, power and disorder hover, unsettling what we know of love.
Lauren Camp is the Poet Laureate of New Mexico and author of five books, most recently TOOK HOUSE (Tupelo Press, 2020). Two new books-AN EYE IN EACH SQUARE (River River Books, 2023) and WORN SMOOTH BETWEEN DEVOURINGS (NYQ Books) -are forthcoming in 2023. Honors include a Dorset Prize and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award and Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Witness, The Common, and Poet Lore, and her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic. Her work has received support from Black Earth Institute, Storyknife Writers Retreat, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Taft-Nicholson Center. In 2018, she was a visiting scholar/poet at the Mayo Clinic, sharing poems of dementia with physicians and research scientists, and she was Astronomer in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park in 2022.