Rachel Hadas
October 2000


Rachel Hadas, born in New York City in 1948, is the author of more than 12 books of poetry, essays, and translations, most recently Halfway Down the Hall: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 1998), The Empty Bed (poems; Wesleyan University Press, 1995), and The Double Legacy (essays; Faber & Faber, 1995). She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant, an award in literature form the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. Her new prose selection, Merrill, Cavafy, Poems, & Dreams, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press' Poets on Poetry Series, and her new collection of poems, Indelible, will be out from Wesleyan in 2001.

Hadas says of her writing:

"I suspect that my approach is both personal and bookish—personal when I'm writing about books, and bookish when I'm writing about people, address books, web pages, or wells," she says. Noting how continuity is a theme in her poems, she observes: "Continuity demands, if not rebirth, at least readjustment. Humanly speaking, I often fail to make the adjustment and so am hopelessly nostalgic . . . But art is where I am courageous. Poetry enables me to face up to changes, if not rebirths."

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