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Author: Claudia Emerson
ISBN13: 978-0807130841
Title: Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets Series)
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Publisher: LSU Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2005)
Pages: 64

Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets Series) by Claudia Emerson



Claudia Emerson, Late Wife (Louisiana State University Press, 2005). Thus, I've forgotten most of the phrases I was turning over in my mind. This work by Claudia Emerson is most definitely one of them. There are some books by modern writers/poets that deserve, and want, to be read again and again, and since the Kindle allows us to take our library with us wherever we go, it's nice to have these very best at our fingertips.

In Late Wife, a woman explores her disappearance from one life and reappearance in another as she addresses her former husband, herself, and her new husband in a series of epistolary poems. She then describes the unexpected joys of solitude during her recovery and emotional convalescence.

c. Southern messenger poets). ISBN 0-8071-2355-2 (cloth : alk. paper). ISBN 0-8071-2356-0 (pbk. : alk. 3 I know the heroines of the craft the small-town wife, the clear some, cloudy some fretful refrain in her doubtful second marriage; Jane Carlyle's war with crowing cocks. Finally, in a sequence of sonnets, she speaks to her new husband, whose first wife died from lung cancer

Recipient Associated Writing Program's Intro award, 1991, Academy of America Poets Prize, 1991, Mary Washington College Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty award, 2003; grantee National Endowment for Arts fellowship, 1994, Virginia Commission for Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, 1995, 2002, Witter Bynner Foundation fellowship in poetry, Library. Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets). Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry ) Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In Late Wife, a woman explores her disappearance from one life and reappearance in another as she addresses her former husband, herself, and her new husband in a series of epistolary poems.

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p. c. Southern messenger poets) ISBN 0-8071-2355-2 (cloth : alk. paper) I. Title. Much of God's workthe stinted trees and laurels grateful for a cleft. Much of his wife'sthe well-staked vortexed lilies that obsess the hummingbird; potted hydrangeas and a rare old door.

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Series: Southern Messenger Poets. oh, I knew them well. And these poems gave me comfort at a point when nothing else really could. Maybe that's not the best standard for analyzing poetry, but it works for me, for this book. The most personal of Claudia Emerson's poetry collections, Late Wife is both an elegy and a celebration of a rich present informed by a complex past. Library descriptions.

In Late Wife, a woman explores her disappearance from one life and reappearance in another as she addresses her former husband, herself, and her new husband in a series of epistolary poems. Though not satisfied in her first marriage, she laments vanishing from the life she and her husband shared for years. She then describes the unexpected joys of solitude during her recovery and emotional convalescence. Finally, in a sequence of sonnets, she speaks to her new husband, whose first wife died from lung cancer. The poems highlight how rebeginning in this relationship has come about in part because of two couples' respective losses. The most personal of Claudia Emerson's poetry collections, Late Wife is both an elegy and a celebration of a rich present informed by a complex past.
Reviews: 7
Freighton
Very affecting poems. Exquisite use of language, of course. Telling her story with painful valor
Zavevidi
♡ It's a book of poems. No complaints.
Ganthisc
Extraordinary. And sad. Emerson is a poet for our time.
Vispel
Some lovely work. Somewhat uneven.
Nargas
LOVELY
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Claudia Emerson, Late Wife (Louisiana State University Press, 2005)

I've had very little patience with review-writing for the past six weeks or so, and thus I let this review go unconscionably long (I finished the book on April 30th and am writing this on June 10th). Thus, I've forgotten most of the phrases I was turning over in my mind. I do know, however, they all involved heaping a great deal of praise on Late Wife, Claudia Emerson's most recent book and the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. I often find myself wondering what the judges were thinking giving the prize to book X instead of book Y; not in this case. The details may be a little fuzzy in my head this far after the fact, but the book itself is pure gold, that much I remember. Emerson has a wonderful eye for detail and that all-too-rare quality in a poet of not letting the story get in the way of the description:

"I'd run that course/so many times I imagined myself/a goat encircling an invisible stake//of the baseball diamond's off-season/desolation, scoreboard blank before/the lightening sky." ("The Practice Cage")

That, right there, is some language, folks. This is a book you want to read. Likely to be on my ten best reads of the year list. **** ½
Tekasa
I've only read this book once, which isn't really enough for most poetry - or for these poems - but the fleeting impression of something deeply wrong, something radiantly right, something lost but always retained leads me to write about it now. This book haunts you the way an old love affair, a failed marriage, or a missed opportunity lingers in your mind after the second cup of coffee. I read these poems in a parking lot waiting for someone to return, in an airport waiting for a loved one to arrive, and in bed when I couldn't fall asleep. Claudia Emerson was there with me - or actually it felt like she had been there before and I heard her echo, felt her departed presence. The language of the poems felt intentional, concrete, full of meaning and suggestion. The poems tingle, poised between death and renewal, loss and discovery, and that owes something to the language. I haven't lived with them long enough to know how they work, but this is a group of poems worth the time.
As I try to recreate my paper library into a Kindle one, I have to be honest with myself about which are the very best books in my library and worth the cost of buying twice. This work by Claudia Emerson is most definitely one of them. There are some books by modern writers/poets that deserve, and want, to be read again and again, and since the Kindle allows us to take our library with us wherever we go, it's nice to have these very best at our fingertips.

The formatting in this book was interesting--they worked hard to keep the physical form of the poem in place--to the point of adjusting fonts to different sizes on the same page. Are other Kindle owners seeing the same thing? It's not a problem; in fact, I think I prefer it.