Took House by Lauren Camp

cover art by Suzanne Sbarge

“[A] stirring, original collection.”

— Publishers Weekly

“It’s as if Camp is holding a magnifying glass in the light until the page beneath it catches fire.”

— Washington Independent Review of Books

“Her poems put us in a place that is only inhabitable by the imagination, and yet we are there, held between life and the art that is created from life. We are consuming while being consumed, always taking and always took.”

— Cultural Weekly

Took House is a multitude. Observer, witness, examiner, practitioner, and seer—Lauren Camp has produced a collection to be pondered, studied, enjoyed, and shared. … [A]n intellectual appetite with enigmatic grace.”


“Opening with hunger and appetite, Took House, an alluringly haunting poetry collection, invites the reader to the table to dip in and out of love, obsession, and what remains hidden.”

— Psaltery & Lyre

“The ‘sinew and lava’ of both desire and loss pulse right beneath the surface of the poems…”

World Literature Today, Editor’s Pick

“[L]ines that are visually stimulating, that bring us into the poem and to the table where Camp then shares spoonfuls of intimacy.”

Albany Poets

“It was a gift... to lean against the blurred edges, artefacts, and time-defying motion of her words.”

The Rumpus