Wednesday, May 9, 2012

MFA Greensboro Alum Claudia Emerson Reviewed in the Cortland Review, 'Secure the Shadow'

David Rigsbee reviews Secure the Shadow by Claudia Emerson
Secure the ShadowClaudia Emerson
's follow-up to Figure Studies (2008) and Late Wife (2006), which won the Pulitzer Prize, opens with two fires, one visible, one invisible. Like all fires, they manifest contrasting qualities: the prospect of utility, but also the more (and aesthetically interesting) danger of immolation (and of auto-da-fé). The visible fire is a house fire seen from the highway; the invisible one is underground, mineral, nuclear, the realm of Pluto rising. Hence to begin a book of this one's somber colors is like lighting a match on entering a catacomb.

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