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Friday, November 29, 2013

My poem in About Place Journal celebrates my hometown

I'm happy today to have my poem, "On the Rocks, Cliffs, and Tidepools" up in the current issue of About Place, "a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society." My poem is in the current issue "The Future of Water," alongside poems from Susan Terris, Alex Cigale, Alan Kleiman, Ann E. Michael, Jeff Gundy, and too many more to name. I'm happily making my way through this rich read. Edited by Debra Marquart, the issue honors, celebrates, documents, and mourns the important connections we have with water in its many forms–fresh or saltwater, frozen or liquid. My poem is a memoir of my hometown, San Pedro, once home to America's tuna fishing fleet.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review of Gods of Water and Air + four poems up at Pirene's Fountain!

I'm thrilled to have my new book, Gods of Water and Air, reviewed at Pirene's Fountain -- and in glowing terms! -- by publisher/editor/poet Ami Kaye. Ami is the author of What Hands Can Hold and other books. I love the way she summed up my book:

"Dacus gives us poetry she has plucked from the fire of her imagination and heart, imparting warmth and sustenance to its readers, reminding us what is sacred in life. Her finely rendered, compassionate voice guides us through the space inhabited by the Gods of Water and Air. Rachel Dacus’ language fills and rounds our perceptions, and she plies her extraordinary talent, urging us to live life fully and in the moment."

I'm truly honored by this sensitive encomium -- and inspired! It's always inspiring to know what touches and moves someone. Thank you, Ami, for this review, and for all your wonderful work at Pirene's Fountain and Glass Lyre Press. 

And I'm delighted that in the same November issue of Pirene's Fountain, three of my new poems appear, along with a prose poem from my new play about Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, The Impresario of Ecstasy. These poems are inclining toward a new collection, one that will focus on love poems.