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Indelible (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

By Rachel Hadas (Author)
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Pages   109
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2001
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819564400  
EAN  9780819564405  

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The title, Indelible, refers to the enduring marks of time's passage. Accordingly, the poems in this thematically resonant and tightly unified collection trace the ways family, art (particularly literature), elegy and dreams color and shape one another. The poems in Indelible pick up thematic threads from her earlier poetry with a new perspective, and new stylistic features such as prose and prose-like poems, but with all of the hallmarks Hadas' readers have come to expect: fine-honed style; human and very accessible subject matter; lyric beauty and formal control.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rachel Hadas is Professor of English at Rutgers University. Her books include Indelible (2001), Living in Time (1990), Pass It On (1989), The Empty Bed (1995), A Son from Sleep (1987), and Slow Transparency (1983).

Rachel Hadas currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Rachel Hadas has an academic affiliation as follows - Rutgers University.

Rachel Hadas has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Wesleyan Poetry

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Sumptuous Poems Embellish Everyday Living  Oct 28, 2006
The third author precisely described the gist of Hadas' poems: patient intelligence. Her poems are not intense, and that is where her brilliance comes into play. I attended one of her readings and she said something particularly striking about her style, that being she strives for richness and clarity. And she has done so in a magnificent way. The poems are extremely rich, in fact, like cheesecake, they are to be handled one thin slice at a time, more, and you start to feel overwhelmed.

Indeed, when one completes a poem she has written, they are left to ponder over the meaning, and certainly will want to read the poems again to grasp the concept that Hadas is trying to present. The meanings to be discovered are truly timeless.
insipid verse  Jun 27, 2002
I bought this book for the reputation of the poet and when I finished reading the volume I realized the poems left an unidentifiable taste in my mouth. Not much salt or meat in the stanzas. Quite an insipid read!
underneath the surface  Apr 20, 2002
Rachel Hadas's "Indelible" takes ordinary events in everyday life and transforms them in writing to the meaningful, treasured memories we carry around in our minds and hearts. At first glance, her poems may seem mundane, however, further probing reveals the intense emotions portrayed by way of her words. In "Fathers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons," she writes, "...And I: what father now was mine?/a voice demanded histrionically/inside my head. What likeness could I claim?" The earnestness of her voice is evident; the reader can practically hear her distress as she copes with the loss of her father. Death is a main character throughout the book, as she challenges the many aspects of coping with this permanent loss. In "The Letter," a woman relives the pain she felt for the friend she lost, nine years ago; "The Glass of Milk" speaks of the unpredictability of death and how suddenly it appears; "Mourning's Dichotomy" tells of the difficulty in determining the best way to mourn a death, as "Speech is pain and silence is defeat." Even poems that speak not of death have a relation to it, for example, in "The End of Summer," she asks repeatedly, "Where is the boy I put to bed?" referring to her son, who has become a teenager-in a sense, the son she put to bed is now dead, in his place, an overgrown man, independent, yet still resembling the son she once knew. Although I have never been exposed to her earlier works, this book presents a wise, mature woman, one who has mulled over the meanings of life (or more appropriately, death). Hadas obviously writes for those interested in probing deeper into human experiences; those who solely enjoy light topics and do not wish to examine the nooks and crannies of our everyday experiences and losses would do well to stay away from this book. However, for anyone who enjoys pondering about and really getting to the core of their innermost feelings, this book is a wonderful companion with which to do just that.
A Modest but Moving Book  Apr 14, 2002
The "reader from New York" who posted the previous review is hardly being fair. Hadas's formalism is anything but metronomic. And to dismiss the domestic scale of this book is to misunderstand its main virtues. This is a book that mulls over some of the truly big questions (grief, familial bonds, material inheritance) as they impinge on a single life, and the poems move with genuine grace. A poem like "Recycling" might seem to be little more than a record of Hadas's habits of domestic economy, but as she retains and re-uses the habits of her father or the literary tastes of her friend (whose files she inherits after his death), the poem begins to be about the way all of our trasured abstractions (friendship, family, literary tradition) become tangible relics. And it achieves this without seeming, to my ear, either moralizing or prosaic: when she ends by describing love as "recycled, feather-light, perennial," each of those words has picked up (from earlier in the poem) a powerful set of meanings.
If, as a reader, you're uninterested in the curious, inscrutable ties between family members (which change, of course, as the family grows older: "Where is the boy I put to bed?" she asks regarding her teenaged son) -- if you don't care, either, to get to the bottom of grief ("And that was the last time. / But in what sense the last?" she asks of another recently deceased friend) -- then these patient, intelligent, but modest poems may not be for you. They aren't full of violent experiment, attempts at sublime effect, or radical freedoms. However, there are many quietly moving moments in _Indelible_, and I find many of the poems still haunt me months after I first read the book.
An alternative to Sominex  Dec 27, 2001
Rachel Hadas is surely one of the most prolific poets writing today. With a collection of poems every two years or so, one wonders if she wrote less if maybe she might write better. This is the same type of schtick we have become used to seeing from Hadas: boring family nattering with a bit of formal verse here and there. And unlike some who know how to use form, Hadas uses a plodding, tedious version of the pentameter and tetrameter that would bore even a metronome. Unlike others in her generation (Spires, Greger, Gregerson, Hacker, etc.), Hadas has stagnated. Her best work remains her early work, where there was a poet at work and mind at play. Now all we get is the professor desperately in search of another poem.

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