"Rachel Hadas's own wonderfully resonant poems, along with the rich collection of verse and prose by other writers that she weaves into her story, clarify and illuminate over and over again this thoughtful and lucid tale of love, companionship, and heartbreaking illness—illness that, as she shows us so well, is at once frighteningly alien and also deeply a part of our unavoidable vulnerability as mortal beings. Beautifully written, totally engrossing, and very sad."—Lydia Davis

"The poems are urgent, contemplative, and finely wrought. In them, antiquity illuminates the present as Rachel Hadas finds in ordinary human acts ‘what never was and what is eternal.’" --Grace Schulman, Poetry Editor, The Nation


“What a generous collection this is--

a whole life, flesh and spirit, brought

to light. Rachel Hadas has an uncanny

eye, an unerring ear, urgent sympathies,

and a rich imagination. This gathering

is a book, not for the library but for

the bedside table--to help explain the

day and prepare for the night.”

--J. D. McClatchy 

“Exquisite, polished, cerebral, and y

et filled with womanly, workaday

reflections, Hadas's work reminds

us that poetry is both celebration

and a craft to be honed carefully.”

--Library Journal 

Praise for Rachel Hadas' Earlier Work

The daughter of renowned classical scholar Moses Hadas, whose early death she has said gave her a “premature sense of the yoking of love and loss,” Rachel Hadas has published numerous collections of poetry, essays, and translations, including most recently the memoir Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (2011) and the poetry collections The Ache of Appetite (2010) and The Golden Road (2012). Kevin Walzer, an editor at WordTech Communications who published Hadas’s The River of Forgetfulness (2006), comments that “her work—steeped in her knowledge of classical Greek and Latin, formally experimental within its metrical traditions, and graceful in its attentiveness to the particulars of everyday life—is substantial in its achievement.”