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Late Wife

Poems
Emerson, Claudia, 1957- (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Late Wife


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A collection of poems in which the poet reminisces about the life she led with her first husband, describes the healing she went through after her divorce, and expresses her feelings toward her second husband, whose former wife died of cancer.

Blackwell North Amer
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 the speaker's rebeginning in this relationship has come about in part because of two couples' respective losses.

Authors: Emerson, Claudia, 1957-
Statement of Responsibility: Claudia Emerson
Title: Late wife
poems
Publisher: Baton Rouge :, Louisiana State University Press,, c2005
Characteristics: viii, 54 p. ;,24 cm.
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Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for poetry.

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