Forget Love, Give Your Valentine LUST.

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on February 12, 2014



A passionate journey through private emotional moments, Diana Raab’s Lust voices the pain of loneliness and the heart’s yearning for love while transcending the depths of human desire. 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’s 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.


Pre-Publication Reviews:

“Diana Raab’s poetry collection, 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. If you want to have a love affair with the written word, please, read this collection. It will make you a believer. Or maybe … just maybe, it 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 in this daring book offers what shouldn’t be so remarkable, yet is, a fearless detailing of intimacy, of blissful ‘acts of kindness,’ of that worshipful sexuality which forms our birth—and adult-right. Lust celebrates the sacred ‘everlasting eros’ that we must admit most interests us, the giving and taking, the ultimate bonding, the very enlightenment through glories of the body. She sings ‘your oasis in the midst of me,’ and bless her for it!”

~Barry Spacks, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Santa Barbara

“Diana Raab’s Lust overflows with lust for the forbidden, lust that can become love, and lust for the poem that can represent human passions at their highest and lowest tides. These poems are propelled by an energy of ‘oozing sensual adrenaline.’ Desire deepens as bodies change—in sickness and in health, between a blush and a sigh—and Raab’s language for desire is always ready to get up and dance about the room.”

~Tony Trigilio, Director of Creative Writing/Poetry, Columbia College Chicago

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