Lauren Camp. Measure.

13 Jun


5 Responses to “Lauren Camp. Measure.”

  1. Sam June 15, 2014 at 02:41 #

    At first I saw two people in the poem: the writer, and the sheriff/public servant/man. And I assumed “Hope” was an emotion and not a proper noun, not someone’s name. But it’s “our kitchen” that I stumbled on–there is a missing person in this poem. Camp could have written “my kitchen” or “the kitchen”–but didn’t. What is their story, their part of the poem?

    • Patricia June 15, 2014 at 03:10 #

      And maybe the other part of the “our” is the absent figure that presages the collapse?
      And Hope is a thing that collapses or can collapse, so separate from us at moments of despair that it can seem to sit next to us?
      The questions draw us into the poem. THank you for pushing into those questions, Sam.

  2. Lauren Camp July 3, 2014 at 18:34 #

    Just finding your comments now. Yes, Patricia’s right. Hope is a thing that collapses sometimes — probably for everyone. Sam, hope was not a proper noun, but I can see the possibility of thinking so. Thank you both for your thoughts, and for caring enough about what I wrote to question it.

    • Sam July 4, 2014 at 23:19 #

      Trish, Lauren: Hope as an emotion, a feeling that can collapse. Ah. Of course. I don’t often write comments to poems online–usually save those for the small writing group I’m currently working with–but certainly my questions had two bases: I liked your poem, Lauren; and it was 2:41 in the morning, when I am questioning everything.

      • Patricia July 5, 2014 at 23:27 #

        I’m happy you were questioning things here at 2:41 in the morning. And I like Lauren’s poem, too. (Thank you Lauren.) Thanks, Sam. Please continue commenting here. I hope you find more to like.

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