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The second half of the book combines explorations of various corners ...
The second half of the book combines explorations of various corners and horizons of the poetry scene, including neglected American poets and Hadas's thoughts on her own poetics and career. "Two Letters from New York" and "Tangled Web Sites" take bemused looks at literary or cultural landscapes. Hadas also looks inward: to dreams and dreamwork, to her dead mother's address book, to the emblematic drilling of a well in a country house. The range of selections includes essays, interviews, memoir, criticism, and a few of Hadas's own poems.
Rachel Hadas is the author of eleven books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her most recent book is Halfway Down the Hall: New and Selected Poems. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and an American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University.
|Horse-Sensible Criticism: Seth Schein on the Iliad||3|
|The Quintessential Cavafy||7|
|Enjoying the Funeral: Konstantine Karyotakis||14|
|Wildly Obstinate, Always Wounded||22|
|Ritsos's Fourth Dimension||31|
|"We Both Knew This Place": Reflections on the Art of James Merrill||37|
|From Stage Set to Heirloom: Greece in the Work of James Merrill||51|
|Fructifying a Cycle: Homage to Alan Ansen||71|
|The Bowl Glows Gold: An Appreciation of Mona Van Duyn||84|
|The Ark of What Has Been: Elegiac Thoughts on Poetry||95|
|Two Letters from New York||109|
|Tangled Web Sites||119|
|A Poet's Life: An Interview with Rachel Hadas||131|
|Poems and Dreams||141|
|The Old Address Book, the New Address Book, and the Bird Book||147|