Pharaoh, Pharaoh is a meditation on time, memory, inheritance, and the irony of loss - loss of one's land, of one's past, of love itself. With senses keenly attuned to every nuance of light and landscape, Claudia Emerson Andrews invests her lines with a scriptural fire in this debut collection. She captures equally and with apparent effortlessness the bewilderment of the culturally bereft in the stuttered eloquence of an auctioneer, and the evanescence of appearances in the image of a dying firefly coughing up light.
Claudia Emerson Andrews' poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, the Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, the Southern Review, and New England Review, among other publications. She was awarded an NEA fellowship in 1994 and previously served as poetry editor of the Greensboro Review. She lives in Chatham, Virginia, where she is the academic dean at Chatham Hall.