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Best Poems from "Late Wife" by Claudia Emerson

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Natural History Exhibits Report Abuse
"I grew up around/ women who would kill any snake... snakes are kept/ in bright glass cells--a whole wall of them, a live/ mural glistening, changing--the harmless/ by the deadly... The snake never/ raised its head. I hesitated, then/ eased shut the drawer... I know now I should have killed the snake/ and hung its long body as straight in death/ as the glistening barrel of a gun."
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I often return to this poem, which captures love and loss, as well as what we know or should know about them, so well.
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"... and that champagne can be kept effervescent by putting/ a knife in the open mouth of the bottle."
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Stringed Instrument Collection Report Abuse
"Sometimes a name/ called out, a cough, a laugh will echo here--our voices/ in the hollows of their bodies, for now, sustained."
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Waxwing Report Abuse
"What had we saved/ for a world so alien, the waxwing/ must have believed it had died in those rooms/ where for a while we went on living."
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Migraine: Aura and Aftermath Report Abuse
"Though I have felt the cold air/ of this disappearance before, each time the aura/ deceives me to believe reality itself/ has failed. I fear this more than what it warns/ because I cannot remember I will survive it.
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