Gods of Water and Air – Poems, essays, and a short play, available in print and Kindle on Amazon.

A collection that invites the reader to adventures in love, art, pie baking, the afterlife of dogs, eagle-spotting, studying ballet, horseback riding, travel, caring for a brilliant father in his decline, and growing up in a fishing community with death and the ocean as immutable forces. From the praise of the everyday blessings in “Prayers for Everywhere” to the laments of losing a parent and childhood’s dreams, these short pieces will carry you on their backs like leaping dolphins and inspire your own memories.

From the Back Cover

Rachel Dacus evokes painting and mythology with equal parts grace and lyricism in her new collection … Dacus’ book will invite you to journey with her through adventures in art museums, pie baking, and eagle-spotting. – Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of She Returns to the Floating World and The Robot Scientist’s Daughter

In Gods of Water and Air, 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

Each poem in this collection is masterfully written, brimming with observation’s ardor. She asks us questions that are to be savored. She begs us to grasp time, rein in it, and let it go: “Be a net. Catch the world by letting the knots slip.”
— Deema Shehabi, author of Thirteen Departures for the Moon



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