- Books

Secure the Shadow

Secure the Shadow Daringly realistic and artfully mediated by past and present Claudia Emerson s Secure the Shadow contains historical pieces as well as poems centering on the deaths of the poet s brother and father E

  • Title: Secure the Shadow
  • Author: Claudia Emerson
  • ISBN: 9780807143032
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Daringly realistic and artfully mediated by past and present, Claudia Emerson s Secure the Shadow contains historical pieces as well as poems centering on the deaths of the poet s brother and father Emerson covers all aspects of the tragedies that, as Keats believed, contribute to our human collective of Soul making, in which each death accrues into an immortal web of ongDaringly realistic and artfully mediated by past and present, Claudia Emerson s Secure the Shadow contains historical pieces as well as poems centering on the deaths of the poet s brother and father Emerson covers all aspects of the tragedies that, as Keats believed, contribute to our human collective of Soul making, in which each death accrues into an immortal web of ongoing love and meaning for the living Emerson s unwavering gaze shows that loss cannot be eluded, but can be embraced in elegies as devastating as they are beautiful The macabre title poem refers to the old custom of making daguerreotypes, primitive photographs, of deceased loved ones Other striking poems describe animal deaths mysterious calf killings, a hog slaughter, the burial of a dead jay, identifiable but light, dry, its eyes vacant orbits Death, as the speaker s heart and mind instruct her, exists in a shadow world When the body disappears, the shadow also flees By securing the shadow, the poet finds a representation of the dead s soul, a soul always linked to the body Hence, Emerson s attention to the minute details of the body s repose reflected in the long, related sequence of refrained poems never allows its memory to fade.

    • Unlimited [Spirituality Book] Í Secure the Shadow - by Claudia Emerson Á
      470 Claudia Emerson
    • thumbnail Title: Unlimited [Spirituality Book] Í Secure the Shadow - by Claudia Emerson Á
      Posted by:Claudia Emerson
      Published :2019-02-17T01:02:54+00:00

    1 thought on “Secure the Shadow

    1. Secure the Shadow is probably the darkest collection I've read by Emerson (though the other collections were also dark). In her latest effort, the subject of death is dominant. The title poem, which features photographs of dead children (a common practice in the 19th Century), reads like something from Wisconsin Death Trip. Two deaths in particular are Emerson's focus: her brother's and her father's. Emerson's brother would die young, while her father would pass away in his 90s. The linkage is o [...]

    2. This collection did some growing on me. Death is one of its largest focuses, which I have appreciated during this period in my life, but there are also many moments of beauty. Nostalgia is another feeling repeatedly felt. Lots of reflecting on the youth the speaker has left behind (hotel pools, things around the old town, her first school, etc.). I tended to fixate on the death theme, but some of the most striking images and lines has nothing to do with it:" but I understand now that whena bird [...]

    3. "And I, as I have always known myself,am fallen away then from the presenttense into reminiscence--the lucid was."So Claudia Emerson wrote in this fine collection published in 2012, just a few short years before she did indeed become the "was" no longer lucid. Secure the Shadows is her way of taking stills of what has died, her father, animals, and her future self, now lost to us forever, except in the wonderful poetry she left behind.Her eloquence is in the exact word and image. Her emotion is [...]

    4. Secure the ShadowBy Claudia EmersonPublished by Louisiana State University PressHardcover ISBN 13: 978-0807143025 $47.33 Paperback ISBN 13: 978-0807143032 $14.21 Kindle ASIN B007FRK7V8 $9.99Secure the Shadow is a book of poems by the writer Claudia Emerson. The poems delve deeply into human nature, life on the farm, and death, both animal and human. Memories are laid out in a manner that makes them easy for all readers to relate to. The poetess also makes strong use of imagery until one can see [...]

    5. Five stars. Not much more to say but that it's a grief that we won't have any more poems from Claudia, which, along with rejoicing in the beautiful poems we do have, is what I think about when I read her work.

    6. In these gorgeous, moving poems, Emerson remembers her late father and brother, as well as a vanished Southern way of life, "securing the shadow" in line and image. This is a sad and beautiful book.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *