Turquoise Door revels in the beginning of the modern art movement in northern New Mexico. To escape wildfires and extreme drought, Camp traces back and north from her home to a safer place, following the life of catalyst Mabel Dodge Luhan and the creative individuals she invited to Taos in the 1920s. The collection pushes into the necessary spaces of self-expression, refuge, and belonging.
Poems from this book appeared in Crazyhorse, Zócalo Public Square, South Dakota Review, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Third Coast, and elsewhere.
“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’Keefe, 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.