Under the tab Poetry you can read my poems, stories, essays, and links to my three books. In Fiction find more about my time travel novel, The Renaissance Club, out in January 2018. Fiction also has Giveaways and information for book clubs. Find tips and resources under For Writers, including a list of poetry book publishers.
The Renaissance Club
Would you give up everything, even the time in which you live, to be with your soul mate? May Gold, a college adjunct teacher, often dreams about the subject of her master’s thesis – Gianlorenzo Bernini. In her fantasies she’s in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who invented the Baroque. But in reality, May has just landed in Rome with her teaching colleagues and older boyfriend. She yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit, and when the floor under the gilded dome of St Peter’s basilica rocks under her feet, she gets her chance. She has to choose: stay in her safe but stagnant existence, or take a risk. Will May’s adventure in time ruin her life or lead to a magical new one?
The Renaissance Club is forthcoming from from Fiery Seas Publishing in 2018.
My fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, will be published in August 2018 by FutureCycle Press. Arabesque, in the sense of lessons learned in the strict discipline of ballet. Arabesque also in the sense of sacred script as decoration. The book features a herd of giraffes invading a living room and a dead drunk superhero.
Some nice things others have said about my writing:
“Rachel Dacus directs her steady gaze on art’s meticulous and sometimes maddening labor, on the deep grief and explosive beauty of a daughter’s attachment to her fading father, and on love’s latent withering and re-blossoming.” – Deema Shehabi, author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon.
“Rachel Dacus turns a painterly eye onto both the nooks and crannies of our world, “hints of rose madder in the cerulean,” a palm tree’s “rigid, rattling arguments,” and “the blue immensity” that holds us all. – Molly Fisk, author of The More Difficult Beauty.
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Poet, novelist, and essayist Rachel Dacus is the daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who achieved success by blowing up a number of missiles during the race-to-space 1950’s. He was also an accomplished painter, influencing her artist’s eye. Rachel’s most recent book, Gods of Water and Air, combines poetry and prose on topics ranging from eagle-spotting to childhood in an immigrant community, and a short play on the afterlife of dogs. Her other poetry books are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Rachel’s interest in Italy was ignited by a course on The Renaissance and an art history tour of Northern Italy. She’s been hooked on Italy ever since and is at work on a new novel, also set there.