We are deeply saddened by the loss of Claudia Emerson this past week. In her spirit, and to continue our chapbook contest, we are securing another judge, whom we will announce as soon as possible. In the meantime, the deadline for submissions is being extended to January 15th. If you have already submitted a chapbook through Submittable and wish to send a revised version before the deadline, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All new submissions will only be accepted through our Submittable site.
The Cortland Review features a lovely Poets in Person segment with Claudia and her husband Kent at their home in Fredericksburg, VA, in 2012, that you can view here.
The last stanza of Claudia’s poem “Inheritance” sums up what her writing and presence have meant to so many:
And to her, I owe this terrible desire
for lightness, a dark longing to wake to crow—
black wings, to hold in my mouth not some sweet
insistent lyric—but the one raucous thought that bears
repeating, to carry between my lips the wild
plum—round as a vowel—become perfect, singular
in its loss of the world, to steal away from here
the vain detail I love—a thing bright and shiny
that bears its saving: a thimble, a ring, a needle—
its only eye worn wide, diminishing.