Diana Raab, author of Lust, on tour September/October 2014

Posted By on July 25, 2014

LUST COVER_Revised copyAbout Lust

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: WordTech Communications (February 1, 2014)

In her fourth book of poetry, Raab employs narrative verse that is alive, titillating, and seductive. Lust examines the emotional and physical complexity of love, helping readers navigate the risks of intimacy as we move toward the realization that every experience enriches our lives, whether we perceive it as joy, pain, or out of the ordinary. Yet for all their psychological richness, the poems’ simplicity and accessibility will resonate with women and men across all walks of life. Lust is a book you won’t put down and won’t soon forget.

Lust, will make you fall head-over-heels in love with words. Words that are strung together, knotted like a perfect strand of opera length pearls. Some read like heartbreaking short stories. Some read like pieces of your soul. Some read like scented love-letters. Some like tearful, regretful voice messages. They will make you a believer…and, just maybe, they will make you a believer in the pure absolute beauty of Diana Raab.” —AMY FERRIS, author of Marrying George Clooney and Confessions From A Midlife Crisis

“In the lyric tradition of Song of Songs, Rumi, Lady Murasaki, and Anais Nin, poet Diana Raab sings of carnal desire. The themes of Lust, the transcendence of sexual ecstasy, the range of its expression, the sorrow of its temporality, the surprise of its renewal in maturity, the physicality of its intimacy, are—at once—timeless and as contemporary as Raab’s short leather skirt and  an espresso shared at Starbucks.” TRISTINE RAINER, author of Your Life as Story and The New Diary


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e638c060ada08c55ae7e3210.L._V192632967_SX200_About Diana Raab

Diana Raab is an award-winning poet, memoirist, and believer in the healing power of the written word. She began crafting poems at the age of ten when her mother gave her her first Khalil Gibran journal to help her cope with her grandmother and caretaker’s suicide. A few years later she discovered the journals of diarist Anaïs Nin and learned that, like Raab, Nin began journaling as a result of loss (the loss of her father). Much of Raab’s poetry has been inspired by Anaïs Nin’s life and works.

She is the author of four poetry collections, My Muse Undresses Me (2007); Dear Ans: My Life in Poems for You (2008); The Guilt Gene (2009); and Listening to Africa (2011).

Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Rattle, Boiler Room Journal, Rosebud, Litchfield Review, Tonopah Review, South Florida Arts Journal, Prairie Wolf Press, The Citron Review, Writers’ Journal, Common Ground Review, A Café in Space, The Toronto Quarterly, Snail Mail Review, New Mirage Journal, and Jet Fuel Review.

She is editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks (2010) and Writers on the Edge (2012), co-edited with James Brown. Both these collections have submissions from poets and prose writers.

Diana has two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal (winner of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction and the National Indie Excellence Award for Memoir), and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey (winner of the 2011 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction).

She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and writes a monthly column for the Santa Barbara Sentinel, “The Mindful Word.” She lives in Southern California with her husband, and has three grown children. She is currently working on her doctorate in psychology and is researching the healing power of writing and creativity.

Diana Raab’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, September 15th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Wednesday, September 17th: Savvy Verse and Wit

Thursday, September 18th: Read and Shelved

Monday, September 22nd: Books Without any Pictures

Tuesday, September 23rd: ImaginativeMinds*

Monday, September 29th: Bell, Book & Candle

Wednesday, October 1st: The Avid Reader

Friday, October 3rd: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Monday, October 6th: Lit and Life

Tuesday, October 7th: Book Dilettante

Wednesday, October 8th: A Bookish Way of Life

Monday, October 13th: Necromancy Never Pays

Wednesday, October 15th: Book Reviews by Lanise Brown


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