"It's like Forster said, there's a sense that the great poets are sitting at a table, synchronically all writing at the same time."
-- Rachel Hadas
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This week's show: Poet Rachel Hadas returns to The Virtual Memories Show to talk about her new books, Talking To The Dead (Spuyten Duyvil Press), and Questions in the Vestibule (Northwestern University Press). It's been two years since we last talked (over here), so I had plenty of questions for her. How did she rebuild her life after losing her husband to early onset dementia? How did she wind up pals with James Merrill (and what's her take on his Ouija poems)? What do we lose and gain in the act of translation? And how did she become a love poet after spending her career writing elegies? Give it a listen!
"I've never felt so happy, but I've never felt so mortal."
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Next week: Kriota Willberg joins the show to talk about saving cartoonists from becoming physically crippled (they're already emotionally crippled).
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