Questions in the Vestibule: Poems (Paperback)
Rachel Hadas reaches the peak of her poetic prowess in Questions in the Vestibule. A deeply personal and meditative collection in three sections, Questions moves through the liminal space of solitude and the coded landscape of dreams toward the startling power of a life-changing love.
Hadas’s voice and her formal elegance, as distinctive and distinguished as ever, endow this new work with a precise and thoughtful beauty. Questions in the Vestibule takes readers into a new territory of unapologetic bliss.
About the Author
RACHEL HADAS is the author of twenty books of poetry, essays, and translations, most recently the prose collection Talking to the Dead. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the O. B. Hardison Poetry Prize, among other honors, Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University–Newark. She lives in New York City with her husband, artist Shalom Gorewitz, with whom she has been working on marrying poetry and video.
"The internal paths and landscapes mapped by Hadas are often eerily alluring, her use of repetition and caesura beckoning the reader on. Threading and webs bind the collection, and it’s difficult not to get caught up in Hadas’s dark incantatory world." —Times Literary Supplement
"Hadas is one of the most accomplished belle-lettrists, author of twenty books of poetry, essays and translations. As a writer, she is disarmingly adept at moving between the personal—often using relationships and events from her own life as the subject matter or springboard into poems and essays, but her writing is also deeply shaped and informed by her classical background and fluency with narrative structure and by her formal dexterity... Formal virtuosity comes easily to Hadas, and this collection is no exception, replete as it is with vilanelles, sestinas, pantoum variations, sonnets and terza rima." —The Hudson Review