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“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

“Daring, delicious, mesmerizing and just this side of dangerous, Diana Raab’s poems extol lust’s ecstasy, luxuriate in its all-consuming passion, and, when lust is spent, languish in its painful aftermath. These poems explore the human condition from the female perspective; from the perspective of a person in love with lust.”

~Alexis Rhone Fancher, author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen & Other Heart Stab Poems, poetry editor of Cultural Weekly

“This is a gorgeous book of poetry. It is as hot as you would expect, given the title. Many of the poems reveal scorching, intimate moments between passionate lovers. But these poems go way beyond erotica. What makes them special for me is how they call forth the essence of intimacy’s gifts. For instance, in one of my favorite selections, “Create,” the first line evokes the very nature of what love offers us: “Make me the person I want to become, draw from me the secrets buried under, the facade of responsibilities.” Wow. Buy this book for everyone you know who lusts…and loves.”

~ Charlotte Rains Dixon

“Diana Raab’s fifth book of poems dives deep into the compulsive heart of love and sex without restraint. This is a love of middle age, rich in desire, steeped in experience, and vulnerable too, with a speaker who connects totally with her lover, shadowed by the knowledge of disconnection, loss, even betrayal. It is herself, and her own body, scarred yet blooming, that remains constant. “The day after you left / I sat on the ledge of my desires / and spun an intangible invisible web / suspended around my essence” she writes in “Remnants.” Raab’s intimate poems return the reader time after time to loving kindness, the glue that binds us and the balm that heals.”

~ Mary-Sherman Willis

“In Lust, Diana Raab celebrates the human capacity for passion, intensity and pleasure. In particular, these erotic poems explore pleasures deeply rooted in physical sensation. Much of the collection’s narrative depicts the speaker engaged in an intense sexual affair with a dynamic lover. While one may read the series of poems as a memorable account of a relationship, I see the affair as a metaphor for something larger. The lover, who is referred to as a muse, a drug, even a healer, seems to personify lust itself. I see the affair as the speaker’s personal dance with Eros. Through this dance, the speaker is enlightened. She experiences the extremities of sexual pleasure, but also, as living with lust intensifies her sensitivities and vulnerabilities, she encounters disappointment and grief. And while she revels in moments of ecstasy, she also acknowledges that those moments are fleeting. Lust may be fickle, unpredictable, and ephemeral. Clearly, if one lives with lust, he or she may encounter risks and challenges. Nevertheless, Raab’s poems suggest that a life lived with passion is worth that risk. This is a book of life-affirming poems that celebrate a personal quest for passion and joy.”

~ Marcene Gandolfo

“Diana Raab’s latest poetry collection, Lust, is a veritable cornucopia of luscious, lusty, ‘whoa baby!’ poems that give erotica a good name. Tantalizing and sexy, this collection oozes with sensuality, love, desire, fear and regret – all the emotions that come with loving someone, figuratively and literally.”

~Marcia Meier

“Diana Raab throws the door wide open to hotel rooms, bedrooms, and jungles where instinct and desire are uncensored, truth tumbles out, sprawled across the sheets. When a woman bares her body, heart, and soul across the pages of a boldly titled book, the stars shine and align in affirmation of honesty, vulnerability and courage. Brava for Diana’s bare and bold LUST.”

~ Janet Lucy

“This is a lovely, thoughtful and joyously lustful collection of intimate times. Well-done.”

~ Carl Brookins

“If you are in love or lust, or preferably both, or once were, or still hold out hope, Diana Raab’s “Lust” is a book for you. Many of Raab’s poems feel spontaneous . . . although it’s likely a measure of her great skill.”

~ S.K. Figler

“Personal trysts with a married man. love letter poems. Not what I expected.”

~ Kathy Sands

“If you like adventurous wanderings, beautiful poetry, creative expression, artful imagination, juicy tidbits, and passionate writing this book is for you! It is creative, honest, funny at times, and an authentic reflection of a woman who lives and loves without holding anything back.”

~ Julie

“The feelings aroused by sex, love and loss are so rich and intense that we struggle to name their nuances. Diana Raab does a fine job of this . . . I admire her skill at describing states of ecstasy so well while scarcely naming a body part.”

~ Phil Mayes


“Human emotions expressed through poetry. Raab covers all aspects of love and
life . . . as our eyes grasp what the author wants to share, our hearts and soul absorb the intimacy.”

~ Mary Crocco

“Lust by Diana Raab is a collection of erotic and romantic poetry, a person’s most inner being . . . Raab’s poetry speaks of tenderness and the delight of escape through flights of love, and yet there is a sadness that lurks beneath the surface of these erotic fantasies. It’s like a loneliness that lingers after giving readers a glimpse into love and the disappointment of a relationship . . . I can easily say all of these poems have left an impression on me and I would avidly recommend this collection.”

~ Lanise Brown

“Poet Diana Raab does a great job of displaying appreciation of sexuality at any age.”

~ Nsikan-Abasi

“Lust is captivating! Seriously, I read the book cover to cover in one sitting. The poems explore the depths of human sexuality, longing, love and regret in a wondrous and very intimate way . . . ”

~ Heather

“This collection of poems are more about a woman’s journey through love, passion . . . I feel very moved by these poems . . . I do think everyone should read these poems, as everyone (generally) is trying to find love/ be loved. This book reminded me of why I love poetry so much- so much is conveyed in the smallest verses.”

~ Randi (Candle blog reviews)

“Amazing poetry, very intimate . . . drawn to the speaker’s voice in each poem. I found myself forgetting I was reading poems about sex and just enjoying the rich, sensual language.”

~ Heather Sell

“Beautiful. Provocative, dramatic, passionate words. I keep this by my bed and read a selection every night. Time richly spent.”

~ R.L. Black

“Sensuous and moving, Lust is about what it means to be a woman in love with life.”

~ Darlyn Finch Kuhn

“Wow this book of poems really went deep into my soul. It brought me sadness, heat, excitement, love; surrender . . . feel like your in the book feeling all this passions and desires . . . highly recommend you read it. Lust is out there, just have to open your eyes & be willing to love and be loved.”

~ Yary

“This collection of poems expresses in everyday imagery, the depth of intimacy. The words draw you in to explore a vulnerable and fragile space.”

~ Gusterous

“Diana invests her poetry with the light of simple truths, like loneliness and desire, the passage of time, the hunger that is never quite satiated . . . she writes about a committed love, still passionate after children and decades — despite age and utter familiarity, or perhaps because of these . . . Poems to stir your mind as much as your libido. I highly recommend these.”

~Susan Wyler


“In Listening to Africa, Diana M. Raab makes a pilgrimage from the ‘familiar neon of home’ in Amercia to Africa, bringing her family, her passion and her pen. Her moving words carry us with her in narrative poems replete with vision, humor, and irony. In her inner and outer journey, the poet transforms fear and sadness into beauty and love as her heart opens ‘in this place which will remind you of your reason for living.”

~ Susan Wooldrige, author of poemcrazy: freeing your life with words.

“Diana M. Raab takes us on a joyous poetic journey of words and photos. She juxtaposes her wisdom, essential wellness, and depth of feeling to explore four-legged friends, illness, and hope, making this an extremely powerful collection.”

~ Cara Nusinov, author of Unrequited Loves and Other French Kisses.

“Diana Raab’s Listening to Africa is a narrative poetry collection that vividly describes her travels to the heart of Africa, where she and her family traveled to experience the beauty and fascination of another world. During her safari, she observes the distress, the delight, and the dignity of the humans and animals who live there and parallels them to her own quest for health. Susan Wooldridge says this about the collection, “the poet transforms fear and sadness into beauty and love as her heart opens ‘in this place which will remind you of your reason for living.’ “

~ Author Buzz

“This thought-provoking, moving poetry collection captures the essence of all that is Africa and more. Travel alongside Raab and her family as they take off from America, visit Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, and ponder the author’s reflections of all she’s learned as her family heads back to the States. This is a collection you’ll read more than once.”

~ Cheryl C. Malandrinos


“In Diana Raab’s “imaginary world . . . people drip with stories / and linger in bookstores and cafes / slurping foamy cappuccinos / and nibbling chocolate cake.”  And the poems in Dear Anais are, indeed, rife with both stories and the extravagantly various things of this world: Laundromats and writers’ conferences, steel-tipped boots and champagne, patched jeans and paramedics, blueberries and autographed photos of Paul Newman.  While the book does pay homage to Anais Nin—to her eroticism and wry humor and exquisite journals—it also vividly evoke’s Raab’s own life, particularly her family memories.  Like Nin, Raab is indefatigable in her desire to commit one woman’s life to paper.”

~ David Starkey, author of Ways of Being Dead

“Diana M. Raab’s Dear Anias: My Life in Poems for You is not only a tribute to the late diarist, but also a tribute to diaries themselves.  Each of the book’s poems, culled from Raab’s own journal, offers intimate portraitures, tiny memoirs in verse. Raab’s poetry is seductive in its earnestness, appealing in its vulnerability, mystery, and enchantment.”

~ Denise Duhamel, author of Two and Two

“Raab’s skill is as a poet, but her passages are as intimate as a diary. She reconstructs her past mirroring Nin’s emotional honesty. The reader never feels voyeuristic reading the intimate passages, but feels like a confident, friend and maybe even a lover.”

~ Steven Reigns, poet and Nin Scholar

“Through her poetry, she became closer to a woman she had never even met. “Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You” is a correspondence to Anais Nin, whose writing is scattered throughout several publicly released diaries and journals. Raab now offers her correspondence to Nin through remarkable verse. “Dear Anais” is well worth the read, recommended. “Toast”: Pour the champagne;/clap for the exuberances;/bow to the accomplishments;/ and flush all the sorrows.”

~ Midwest Book Review

“. . . I’m thrilled to say that Raab’s use of language in a format that resembles diary entries is fantastic. The volume begins with a letter to Anaïs about how she inspired Raab through her journals, particularly Anaïs’ entries about the house Eric Lloyd Wright built for her. Each poem provides the reader with an insider’s look at Raab’s life and her interactions with family and others. Mirroring Anaïs Nin’s style, Raab seeks to demonstrate how important love is to humanity and maintaining our connections to one another.”

~ S. Agusto-Cox