Rachel Bagby, J.D. (Stanford Law School) is the originator of the poetic form she calls Dekaaz™; a form consisting of ten syllables in three-lines. The first line is 2 syllables, the second is 3 syllables and the last line is 5 syllables. The name comes from the Greek root of the word ten (deka) + the letters “a” and “z” to signify the range of human experience that can be expressed in “just ten/syllables/…three lines 2/3/5.” To complete the process of creating a Dekaaz, you must speak it out loud to another living being.
Bagby is also the author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices (Harper San Francisco, 1999). Her publications include articles about sustainability in Natural Home, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Ms. Magazine, Women of Power, and others, as well as poetry in literary journals.
Her anthologized contributions can be found in Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic, (Venture Publishing, State College, PA, 1995); Circles of Strength: Community Alternatives to Alienation, (New Society Publishing, Philadelphia, PA 1993); Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism, (Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA 1990); and Healing the Wounds (New Society Publishing, Santa Cruz, CA: 1989).
Most recently, she founded Singing Farm, a solar-powered, certified organic learning community in central Virginia. Her music, writing and activism seek to cultivate restorative relationships between nature and culture.