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Interview with Diana Raab, author of poetry collection ‘Lust’

Diana RaabDiana 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.

She blogs for Psychology Today; The Huffington Post (Huff50) and BrainSpeak.

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About the Book:

Lust 2A 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 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

“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

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Can you tell us who or what was the inspiration behind your book?

As a two-time cancer survivor, I am a believer in the lust for life, intimacy and work. I wanted to share this passion and belief with others.

Is this your first published book and if so, can you tell us your experiences in finding a publisher for it?

Lust is my fourth book of poetry and ninth book. I sent the manuscript to 4 publishers and the first one which responded was the one I went with because it was my first choice.

Where do you live and if I were coming to town, where would we go to talk books?

I live in Santa Barbara. We no longer have chain bookstores here, but we have fabulous Independent Stores. The names are Chaucer’s, Tecolote and Granada Books. There are also a lot of coffee shops, such as The Coffee Bean Tea & Leaf, Peet’s Coffee, and number of Starbucks where many writers meet to talk.

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?

Writers work 24 hours a day because our mind is always working. To be a writer means to be observant and tuned into our worlds. I always carry my journal with me and jot down possible poem or article ideas. I work out at the gym 4 days a week and take beach walks. I also like hiking. To be a writer, you also have to read a lot. I read many magazines, books and am current on the Internet.

Do you make a living off your books or do you have another job?

Writing is my hobby and passion.

In your opinion, what makes a good book great?

Every genre is different, but a great book holds a reader’s interest. The story or poems need to resonate with the reader. It is ideal when personal stories merge with the universal truths.

Psychologists tell us the thing we think we’d most like to grow up to be when we’re ten years old is our avocation. What did you want to be?

A writer and a teacher. Those are my two passions. As a transpersonal psychologist myself… I can say they are usually right!

Can you give us a short excerpt from your book?

You can buy the poetry book and also hear it on Audible read by NY actress Kate Udall. She is amazing, but here is a short poem:

Create

Make me the person I want to become

draw from me the secrets buried under

the façade of responsibilities.

Allow me to be who I want

as I whisper secrets into the pockets

of your open mind and the doorways

to your heart. Make me the one

you wake to every morning,

the coffee that brews you, the ice cream

which smothers you. Steal my heart

and hold it with your sculpted muscles,

massage it as if you want to keep it forever

and most important, please don’t tell

anyone our little secret of the person

we will become together.

What’s next for you?

I always write poems and my three blogs—Psychology Today, Huffington Post (Huff50), and BrainSpeak. I am also working on turning my PhD Dissertation into a book. It’s about the healing and transformative powers of memoir writing.

 

 

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