Rachel Hadas is a professor of English at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is also a poet, translator, and essayist. Her most recent books are The Ache of Appetite (2010), a collection of poems; and Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (2011).
"Rachel Hadas's new collection, The Golden Road, displays her trademark intelligence and mordant wit, but also seems to mark a new level of mastery, a severe beauty stripped of ornament, and is arguably her strongest to date. This elegiac book confronts mortality, remembrance, and surviving to tell the tale. Her expertise in forms is undeniable, but Hadas is no 'new formalist'—she is equally at home in a poised (and poised to pounce) free verse. Few other poets could get away with having Elizabeth Bishop and Heraclitus rub shoulders in a quatrain like old acquaintances. Hadas has an eye for how seeming coincidences are rarely that. In her words, 'Nothing would be more likely.'''
—A. E. Stallings
"Thoughtful and witty, deft without showing off, sad but not overcome by their sadness, Rachel Hadas's new poems can provide the best kind of examples: they stay serious and yet stay friendly, at ease and alert in their forms. Much of this new collection shows Hadas mourning, writing elegies, obsequies, commemorations for her late husband and for other figures recently lost. She writes a poetry that leads her so clearly back to the living, believing that 'nothing's ever thoroughly erased.' It is a poetry of clarity, but also one of subtleties; listen in."
"Admirers of Rachel Hadas's poetry will be pleased to find her characteristic virtues—her technical dexterity, her humane intelligence, her deep learning worn lightly—on ample display in her fine new volume. Again and again here the weight of tragedy, though heavy, is counterbalanced by wisdom and courage. This splendid poet is still in top form."
TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press