In Memoriam: Claudia Emerson

Poet Claudia Emerson, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her collection Late Wife, died last Thursday.

Her other collections include Pinion (a long poem in two voices), Pharaoh, Pharaoh, and The Opposite House, which is forthcoming in 2015.

Here’s her graceful poem “Pitching Horseshoes,” recommended by a friend who studied with Ms. Emerson some years ago.


Last week I posted a short note about Mark Strand; poet Mark Wunderlich (whose most recent collection, The Earth Avails, I reviewed here) has written a lovely tribute to Strand, which I highly recommend. You can find it here, on Bennington’s faculty blog. 

One thought on “In Memoriam: Claudia Emerson

  1. Thanks, Carolyn! This is beautiful. I’ve been thinking a lot about Emerson since Thursday and re-reading Late Wife. I’m happy you shared Mark’s post and this poem. Grateful for your blog!

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