Photo of Lauren Camp by Bob Godwin

photo by Bob Godwin

“Lauren’s work always offers such a hushed intimacy, so closely observed, a way of exploring moments, slowing them down.”

— Todd Davis

Past Tense

                When I first stepped through
this doorway, my arms heavy with past tenses,

I could still hear almost
          everything else in my life:
                     the choreography of desiccated passions,
                     daybreak weeping
          by fractions. Even the moonlight
hadn’t left me behind.

Everywhere, blue
        pressed down to blue. The color left its moods
                     by my ears.

From Turquoise Door: Finding Mabel Dodge Luhan in New Mexico
by Lauren Camp (3: A Taos Press, 2018)