"Ladin draws the reader into a world of harsh truths, uncanny beauty, inspired erudition, ironic wit, and cadenced music . . . imagination rules, wedding poetic forms to unflinching meditations on human suffering, terror, love, and unbearable loss. Despite the ubiquity of evil and death in her poems, there is, in Yeats words, a gaiety transfiguring all that dread."—Parnassus: Poetry in Review
Joy Ladin is the author of several books including The Definition of Joy, Coming to Life, Transmigration, and Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders. She is a professor of English at Stern College of Yeshiva University.