Sister tells of her observances in day-to-day life in the 1920s and her struggle to take care of her father, grown brothers, and Rose-"the change of-life-baby"-after the death of her mother: "The hens had hidden their heads beneath / their wings; they blinded themselves as I dusted / the kneading bowl with flour sifted fine as silk, and so / I disappeared as I sank my fists into it." Preacher feels keenly the burden of running the farm and fears being the last one to live on the place: "I was held fast there, pinioned, not / dying, growing numb and light, wait-crazed / and finally calm." Both wrestle with a desire for independence and the duty to home they are bound to by birth; neither marries or leaves.
Pinion is ultimately a wrenching elegy that Rose creates. She is the one who escaped, only to realize, "I survive them all, but I find I have become the house they keep."
In this eloquent long poem, Claudia Emerson employs the voices of two family members on a small southern farm to examine the universal complexities of place. Pinion: An Elegy has been added to your Cart.
In this eloquent long poem, Claudia Emerson employs the voices of two family members on a small southern farm to examine the universal complexities of place.
In this eloquent long poem, Claudia Emerson employs the voices of two family members on a small southern farm to examine the universal complexities of place, generation, memory, and identity.
She lives in Chatham, Virginia, where she is the academic dean at Chatham Hall.
Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets). 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.
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).
Pinion: An Elegy (Southern Messenger Poets). 0807127663 (ISBN13: 9780807127667). Claudia Emerson's 2002 collection, Pinion, is a book length narrative poem (really a series of similarly themed poems) that employs the voices of three family members – Preacher, Sister, and Rose – who all lived on a tobacco farm in the 1920s. Emerson plows some familiar American Literature turf, with her th examination of time and place.
Claudia Emerson (January 13, 1957 – December 4, 2014) was an American poet. She won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Late Wife, and was named the Poet Laureate of Virginia by then-Governor Tim Kaine in 2008. Emerson was born on January 13, 1957 in Chatham, Virginia and graduated from Chatham Hall preparatory school in 1975
In 2008 she was appointed poet laureate of Virginia, a two-year role.
Emerson’s volumes of poetry include Pharaoh, Pharaoh (1997); Pinion: An Elegy (2002); Late Wife (2005), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Figure Studies (2008); and Secure the Shadow (2012). Her honors include two additional Pulitzer Prize nominations as well as fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008 she was appointed poet laureate of Virginia, a two-year role.
1957-01-13)January 13, 1957.
Pinion is ultimately a wrenching elegy that Rose creates. Southern Messenger Poets. Claudia Emerson's untimely death is still a great loss to those who love great poetry. She is the one who escaped, only to realize "I survive them all, but I ﬁnd I have become the house they keep. In this epistolary collection of dramatic monologues from 2002, Emerson toldthe story of a southern family, hinting at the deeper issues of their relationships while engaging us deeply in their experiences.