Blog Tour | Lust
Welcome to my tour stop for the amazing poetry book Lust by Diana Raab. Today I will be sharing my thoughts and an excerpt.
Hope you enjoy it!
Author: Diana Raab
Publication Date: February 1st, 2014
Publisher: World Tech Communications
Page Numbers: 90
Source: Courtesy of the author
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.
"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 loveaffair 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
"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, they 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
"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
Love’s AwakeningWhat began as an urge to have you,something primal and needyturned into a wanting to be one with you.I blossomed at your fingertips,I lost myself in your wet kissesthe soft and firm way you held mewalking through the parking lotto our cars, the grasp which told meyou promised to never let go.
I opened myself to you
like a lily when daylight arrives
and close up when night springs forth.
Behind our closed doors,
your manly motions warmed me,
all your movements of love
and the way you gave me pleasure—
careful strokes about my body
as I became more vulnerable
under your sacred spell.
Like a rhythmic dance
our bodies became a delicious delight
of magic as I watched
your joy meet mine
underneath the moonlight
which together we watched settle
so many more times
in a lifetime which we were never able to share…
My ReviewLust is pretty good adult poetry book. I gave this a 4 star rating. I enjoyed the idea of the book not only being based on sex, but the emotions and feelings of different sexual relations and interactions between strangers and couples. Some of the poems left me a bit stumped wondering what they meant, while others kept me intrigued and interested.
I loved how the Diana used the words to really get me interested. She didn't use basic words you'd find in a sexual poem, but rather used a lot of descriptive phrases to keep a reader hooked. This explores all types of relationships in various stages, situations and age groups. It definitely had a few that I could relate to within my own relationship.
Looking forward to reading her other books because this was a work of art for me.
About the Author
Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning poet, memoirist, educator, transpersonal psychologist, and author of eight books, including four poetry collections and two memoirs, Regina’s Closet and Healing With Words. Her latest poetry collection, Lust, is available in softcover wherever books are sold and on Audible.
She is also editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge: 22 Writes Speak About Addiction and Dependency. She is advocate of writing for healing, transformation and empowerment and teaches workshop around the country. She also teaches memoir writing. She has been writing and publishing her work for more than 45 years.
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