Early Elegy: Smallpox

By Claudia Emerson 1957–2014 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?

Source: Poetry (June 2012).


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Poet Claudia Emerson 1957–2014

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Living, Health & Illness

Poetic Terms Free Verse