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Rachel Hadas

Posted by admin on December 26, 2011

Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. The most recent of her numerous books is Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (2011). A new collection of poems, The Golden Road, is forthcoming in 2012 from Northwestern University Press. 



Leap Life

Spring encroaches: strange parenthesis

bracketing a season. Here is this

time: not the best, but what I have is mine.

Leaves will be out when you come home again,

blossoms will start, my brother will be dead.

Leap life. Not eating; two, three weeks in bed,

visitors, phone calls, laughter, memories.

Pope called his (shorter) life a long disease.

Leap life. The secret circled in a ring

whose center’s empty. But the center is

not a hole but a parenthesis.


From Volume VI, Issue 1, 2011.