In Femme au chapeau, poems serve as miniature tales: of childhood's fears, accidents, and small glories; parents captured as paintings; nature's grandeurs and paeans to the Maker. These poems unravel life's rich uncertainties -- love, grief, and joy contained in concise, often formally framed, poetry by turns contemplative, narrative, and ultimately filled with praise -- of the miracles large and small, and even the tragedies -- all the astonishing enterprise of being alive.
Thehands that cut the apple
arewhite-fleshed as the silence
betweenus in the kitchen. Her sob
ofbreath. Cotton cloths, simple tasks.
Herhands skin and delve
apale core from each green globe,
slicesmiles and drop
themin the dough's lap.
Mymother's hands soothe my forehead,
tugand tuck corners, tails, hairs
andsheets. Shove me forward, hold me back.
-- from "Apple Pie Order"
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The chief strength of these impressive poems lies in theirunsentimental candor, their observant eye, and their arresting and vividimagery. The best among them come alive as scenes from several complex livesmovingly conveyed. Rachel Dacus' exceptional imagination extends to suchsubjects as foreign cities, the tenacity of the immigrant memory, ethnic andreligious loyalties and divisions, art and its echoes in consciousness, and thewriter's life approached from ingenious angles. This is a book to relish forsuch insights, by a poet clearly up for the ride, and not afraid of therisks.--Rhina Espaillat, prie-winning author of Where Horizons Go and Playing at Stillness.About the Author:
Rachel Abramson Dacus is the author of Gods of Water and Air, Earth Lessons, Femme au Chapeau, and the spoken word CD A God You Can Dance. A widely published poet, dramatist, and writer of stories and essays, her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner and many other magazines and anthologies. She is currently working on a novel, The Renaissance Club, a history-bending love story between a beautiful young art historianand her idol, Renaissance sculptor GianlorenzoBernini, as they share a foothold in time. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and raises funds for nonprofit organizations. Read moreon her website: racheldacus.net.
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Book Description WordTech Communications, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1932339825