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Halfway Down the Hall

New and Selected Poems

A generous gathering of the best poems, both previously published and uncollected, from Rachel Hadas's career.

Rachel Hadas brings an acute perception and a rich education to her exquisitely crafted poetry. As James Merrill wrote, Hadas's "honeyed words and bracing forms . . . over and over bring the mind to its senses." Rooted in the domestic and illuminated by Hadas's lifelong engagement with classics, the poems gathered here, many in traditional forms, draw out the relationships between life, love, time and art. This collection will be welcomed by all who love Hadas's strongly etched lines and passionate intelligence.

About the Author

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).


"Hadas has brought together gems from her previous 11 books and prefaced them with 33 new poems, providing her readers with a delightful retrospective celebration of her work...Throughout, Hadas deftly balances her abilities as a highly cerebral verbal artisan with strong, down-to-earth doses of womanly wisdom and insight. Highly recommended."—Library Journal


"Halfway Down the Hall is a remarkable achievement. 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

"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
Wesleyan University Press
Wesleyan Poetry Series

9780819522511 : halfway-down-the-hall-hadas
Paperback / softback
250 Pages
$19.95 USD

Other Titles by Rachel Hadas

Order of Imagination

Sarah Kennel
Jun 2019 - Peabody Essex Musuem
$50.00 USD - Hardback

In The Blood

Carl Phillips, OtherRachel Hadas
Oct 1992 - Northeastern University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Wesleyan Poetry Series


Rae Armantrout
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Neverending Quest for the Other Shore

Sylvie Kandé
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$17.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Writing of an Hour

Brenda Coultas
Mar 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$35.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in POETRY / General

Winter Fruit

Dale B.J. Randall
Dec 2025 - University Press of Kentucky
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$70.00 USD - Electronic book text

Heroism in the New Black Poetry

D.H. Melhem
Dec 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$35.00 USD - Electronic book text


Linda Myrsiades, Kostas Myrsiades
Dec 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$80.00 USD - Electronic book text