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Pharaoh, Pharaoh

4.59  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Pharaoh, Pharaoh is a meditation on time, memory, inheritance, and the irony of loss - loss of one's land, of one's past, of love itself. With senses keenly attuned to every nuance of light and landscape, Claudia Emerson Andrews invests her lines with a scriptural fire in this debut collection. She captures equally and with apparent effortlessness the bewilderment of the ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by LSU Press
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David Sam
Aug 27, 2016 David Sam rated it it was amazing
Claudia Emerson's untimely death leaves me wondering what wonderful poetry she would have written. Luckily, we have a number of outstanding collections. "Pharaoh, Pharaoh," while published nearly 20 years ago, remains a deeply moving collection of vignettes. Emerson faces death and illness with a cold eye for detail but a heart filled with empathy.

The phrasing feels conversational, but then sudden brilliant gems arise:

Veins as "the dispassionate cursive on the backs/of her hands." A coffin "inh
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Gavin
Jul 20, 2016 Gavin rated it it was amazing
As always, Claudia's narrative poetic voice never fails to impress and move me. I read her later books before reading this one (re-read them as well), but this is my favorite: it's quite experimental in searching for its voice and form, and, like her beloved Faulkner, even when she's "pushing it" to the edge, it comes out as an absolutely beautiful and captivating production....there's a number of artists whose first-works I love because they put on display their struggle (however great or ...more
Diann Blakely
Claudia Emerson’s poems are redolent with our regional soil and its seasonal varieties: the fragrances of raw spring earth; summer-mud lusciousness; frosted, autumnal fields stripped to dirt after harvest; and the oddly fecund smell of ground hollowed and deepened for a midwinter funeral. Indeed, there’s a lot of dead chill in Emerson Andrews’ work. In “Cleaning the Graves,” a poem from PHARAOH, PHARAOH, her 1997 collection, she describes herself as “descended from...loss.” Her grandmother was ...more
MK
Aug 11, 2015 MK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: page-turners
Claudia Emerson is a riveting, emotionally raw, and brutally honest poet who never ceases to capture my imagination and pull snugly on my heartstrings. Beautiful work.
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May 10, 2015 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Evocative of the hardscrabble farms and relations and stories stuck in the throat we visited when I was a child, the barebone places my grandmother left behind.
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Born and raised in Chatham, Virginia, Claudia Emerson studied writing at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her poetry, steeped in the Southern Narrative tradition, bears the influences of Ellen Bryant Voigt, Betty Adcock, and William Faulkner. Of the collection Late Wife (2005), poet Deborah Pope observed, “Like the estranged lover in one of her poems who pitches horseshoes in the dark ...more
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