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Rachel Hadas is a poet, professor, essayist and translator. Her numerous books of poetry include The River of Forgetfulness (WordTech Communications, 2006); Laws (Zoo Press, 2004); Indelible (Wesleyan, 2001); Halfway Down the Hall: New & Selected Poems(Wesleyan, 1998), a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Empty Bed (Wesleyan, 1995), among others. Since 1981 she has taught in the English Department of the Newark, New Jersey campus of Rutgers University, and has taught occasional courses in literature and writing at both Columbia and Princeton. She is currently a Board of Governors Professor of English. Rachel has also served as faculty of the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Among her honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant, and an award in literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
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Rachel Hadas



We stayed up late that night

To wait the only full

Lunar eclipse in years:

Magnificent, till clouds

Erased the lunar disc

More thoroughly than earth’s small shadow could

And then we went to bed.


As the moon diminished,

The stars shone out more strongly.

They’d been there all along,

Of course, but yielded up

Their limelight to the full

Moon until it vanished.

Happiness works like that.






Copyright © Rachel Hadas. White Whale Review, issue 1.2

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