Femme au chapeau

Rachel Dacus's poetry collection Femme au chapeau offers a realm of dazzling strangeness and beauty, addressing a wide range of subjects: from art, childhood, and beauty, to the tormented relationship between a father and daughter, the hardships of an immigrant fishing town, and the longing to have a child. One reviewer called it "thrilling, one-of-a-kind poetry". More

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About Rachel Dacus

Rachel Abramson Dacus is a poet and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of three poetry books and a spoken word poetry CD. Dacus’ most recent book, Gods of Water and Air, combines poetry, prose, and drama. It follows two poetry collections, Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau.

Gods of Water and Air is a passionate exploration of personal transformation, delving into everything from reincarnation to growing up with an artist and rocket scientist father, to living in an immigrant community on the Pacific Ocean. One reviewer called the book “as deliciously diverse as it is spellbinding.”

Her poetry, essays, stories, and book reviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Pedestal, Valaparaiso Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, as well as in many poetry anthologies. She is at work on a novel of the great Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. An art history trip to study the Italian Renaissance also inspired essays, one of which is included in the anthology Italy: A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience (Seal Press).
With a rocket engineer father who was also an accomplished painter and a mother who was a musician, Rachel’s creativity was ignited early. She works as a fundraising consultant to nonprofit organizations spanning the arts, social services, and hospitals.

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