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Rachel Hadas

Winter 2004

Folded Back

By Rachel Hadas

I. In Plath’s late poem “Edge,” the perfected woman’s two dead children have been folded back into her body. However one envisions this, the image is disturbing: finality of dead […]

Spring 2000

Déjà Vu

By Rachel Hadas

A flap in time, a hinge in space, a secret drawer, a panel, an unexpectedly discovered island in the river, an instant confidence that is immediately forgotten until, unless some […]

Summer/Fall 1997

Pomegranate Variations

By Rachel Hadas

Then sucked their fruit globes fair or red: Sweeter than honey from the rock, Stronger than man-rejoicing wine, Clearer than water flowed that juice; She never tasted such before, How […]

Summer 1994


By Rachel Hadas

Sweet Briar, Virginia, November 1992; Alsace, pre-1924 A college pool, central Virginia. The octogenarian who swims next to me for half an hour at noon each Saturday recalls Olivier’s confiserie, […]

Summer 1994

Changeling Sorrows

By Rachel Hadas

Can calm despair and wild unrest Be tenants of a single breast or Sorrow such a changeling be? TENNYSON, In Memoriam July 1992 At bedtime, reading Jonathan “Ali Baba and […]

Spring 1992

In the Mirror

By Rachel Hadas

I see myself: an aging face Watches me from the mirror’s prison. Pastoral beauties of this place, The soft sky strike me with derision. Knives of light make their incision […]

Winter 1992

Two Courses in Poetry

By Rachel Hadas

An Enabling Humility: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and the Uses of Tradition by Jeredith Merrin. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990. 185 pages. $35.00; $17.00, paper. The Didactic Muse: Scenes […]

Spring 1991

Morose Confusion

By Rachel Hadas

My title is from the first line of Paul Valéry’s beautiful poem “Aurora,” which I’ve been translating; Valéry refers to “la confusion morose qui me sert de sommeil.” The confusion […]