The Golden Road

The Golden Road

Poems

Book - 2012
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A central theme of The Golden Road is the prolonged dementia of the poet's husband. But Rachel Hadas's new collection sets the loneliness of progressive loss in the context of the continuities that sustain her: reading, writing, and memory; familiar places; and the rich texture of a life fully lived. These poems are meticulously observed, nimble in their deployment of a range of forms, and capacious in their range of reference. They take us to a Greek island, to Carl Schurz Park in New York City, to an old house in Vermont, to a performance of Macbeth, and to the neurology floor of a hospital. Hadas finds beauty in all those places. The Golden Road laments, but it also celebrates.
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780810128590
Branch Call Number: 811.54 HADAS
Characteristics: ix, 80 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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Aug 07, 2016

I stopped reading after the ditty about how mean and rude it was when a blind man she saw walking down the street yelled at a woman who tried to help him over a puddle. He knew the puddle was there, the woman didn't ask if he needed help, but apparently blind people don't get to decide whether they need help. Or whether they get touched - he told the woman never to touch a stranger, which seems like advice she needed, but how rude, to put his own feelings about being unexpectedly and nonconsensually touched over this woman's desire to feel helpful without actually bothering to do the work of finding out whether her assumptions match his actual needs. Intent is magic, you know better than other people what they need especially if they have a visible disability and you don't, and bodily autonomy is for able-bodied people. What a delightful poet.

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