Claudia Emerson

(13 January 1957 / Chatham, Virginia)

Early Elegy: Smallpox - Poem by Claudia Emerson

The world has certified itself rid of
all but the argument: to eradicate or not
the small stock of variola frozen,
quarantined—a dormancy it has
refused, just once, for a woman behind a sterile
lens, her glass slide a clearest, most
becoming pane. How could it resist slipping
away with her, that discrete first pock?


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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 28, 2018



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