“Rachel Hadas’s Questions in the Vestibule has the stripped-down authority of myth. Here Hadas touches what she calls ‘the veil between the worlds,’ between dream and reality, wish and lived result. The collection’s last thirty pages establish Hadas as one of the few canonical love poets of our time: both stark and sensual, swayed by a rhythm of fear, desire, and discovery, and capable of slipping a curve ball even into ardent simplicity. In Hadas we feel the moral splendor that comes with choosing life against death. In this book, as in The Golden Road, she becomes one of our essential poets.”
—David Mikics, co-author (with Stephen Burt) of The Art of the Sonnet and Moores Professor of English and Honors, University of Houston
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.
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