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The Golden Road: Poems
by Rachel Hadas
Northwestern University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6631-8 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2859-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3558.A3116G65 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

A central theme of The Golden Road is the prolonged dementia of the poet’s husband. But Rachel Hadas’s new collection sets the loneliness of progressive loss in the context of the continuities that sustain her: reading, writing, and memory; familiar places; and the rich texture of a life fully lived. These poems are meticulously observed, nimble in their deployment of a range of forms, and capacious in their range of reference. They take us to a Greek island, to Carl Schurz Park in New York City, to an old house in Vermont, to a performance of Macbeth, and to the neurology floor of a hospital. Hadas finds beauty in all those places. The Golden Road laments, but it also celebrates.

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