Welcome to my virtual writers den, where poetry, stories, and history intersect. Here, a bottle of virtual ink is always handy. This ink only spills the best secrets—tales whispered by a stranger in a Venetian caffe, confessions of desperate preteens in a quiet room. Memories with tendrils twining back to another time and place. Lots of ink and secrets to share in my pages.
GODS OF WATER AND AIR
“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, Thirteen Departures from the Moon
“Rachel Dacus’ father was a painter, and some of the strongest poems in the book are about him, painting, and his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Other poems imagine a series of meetings with the artist Monet and his paintings that resemble ‘a poem made of a thousand commas.’” – Amazon Review
“What a treat! Poems that float off the lips and tongue and into the soul.” – Amazon Review
I can’t seem to confine myself to one written form. Poems, novels, plays, memoirs, and essays all spring from my pen. My work has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. My essays and book reviews have appeared in The Pedestal, Whale Road Review, and Avatar Review. My essay, “Venice and the Passion to Nurture,” was included in the anthology Italy: A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience (Seal Press). I live in the San Francisco area, which I love to travel, pretending I’m one of the many tourists who come for the natural beauty, the fascinatingly diverse culture, the beautiful fresh air and water, and of course the scads of wineries. All these things remind of Italy, and so I continue my Italian adventure right here in my own backyard.
It was the best of days, it was the worst of days on Day 10 of National Novel Writing Month. Because I wrote for an hour first thing, it was the best. But actually, mostly it was the worst of days. Consider having: Your heating installed over a 3-day period of mistakes, confusion, and changing […]
On Day 8 of #NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — I’m still fulfilling my commitment to spend two hours every day working on my new novel, The Romantics. NaNoWriMo is a marathon, an endurance test for writers. The official goal of participating is to draft a new novel of at least 50,000 words. Yes, […]
I never thought I’d be writing about thriving in National Novel Writing Month, but November 2016 changed my perspective on what I could do in my writing life. I learned the discipline of trying to write an entire novel in one month. I had had nothing but challenges trying to find a publisher for my […]
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