Late Wife

Late Wife Review

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.

Title:Late Wife
Edition Language:English

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    Late Wife Reviews

  • Brina

    With the year winding down, I am attempting to finish many challenges and goals that I set for myself. One has been to read twenty Pulitzer winners across all platforms, and another is to complete twe...

  • Douglas

    RIP Claudia Emerson. This is my second condolence in as many days. I read this Pulitzer Prize winning collection a few months ago, but hadn't reviewed. What I love about poets like Claudia Emerson is ...

  • James Murphy

    I'd forgotten these are epistolary poems, a characteristic which makes me like them more because it holds the poet to a discipline and to higher standards which I think Emerson meets. The heart of the...

  • Karie

    I am torn between giving this book a three or a four, personally, although the quality of writing deserves a five. Why if it is worthy of a five do I rate it lower? The subject matter feels dark withi...

  • Sherry Chandler

    This is a clean even eloquent collection of poems that somehow didn't move me as much as it ought to have. I am willing to admit the fault to be in myself. Sometimes wonderful books come to us at the ...

  • Helen

    Claudia Emerson's Pulitzer Prize winning collection, Late Wife, deals with death, as you might imagine, considering the title. But not just death in the literal sense. Here there is death of love, dea...

  • Heather Mize

    I just can't explain how much I love this collection. That may seem odd considering the subject, but Emerson taps into so much emotion, and curiosity. I've read my copy of late wife so many times and ...

  • Abby

    Beautiful little poems of domestic cleavings (the dissolution of a marriage, the genesis of a relationship in the shadow of a dead wife) and misbegotten wildlife rescues. Just my kind of thing. Glad t...

  • Sebastian

    First read: June 5, 2019, Wednesday...

  • Kelsey Fitzpatrick

    Late Wife by Claudia Emerson offers a beautiful collection of poems formatted similarly to a short story. Each poem ebbs and flows into the next, depicting both dramatic and enthralling situations fro...