Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: WordTech Communications (February 1, 2014)
“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
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 Anaïs: 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