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Newtown Bookshop Featured Poet

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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will read  on October 11 @ 6 p.m. at the Newtown Bookshop.  Please join us and bring a poem or two. We look forward to seeing you there!
BIO
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of four full-length poetry collections, her latest one, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Press, 2018). She has been published in The Philadelphia InquirerPennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, among others. Currently she is poetry editor at North of Oxford, an online literary journal.
 
Newtown Bookshop Poetry Group
Village at Newtown, 2835 S. Eagle Road,
Newtown, PA 18940
www.newtownbookshop.com
(215) 968-2400
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An Interview at Poets’ Pause

The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for September 2018 is Diane Sahms-Guarnieri!

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Welcome to the September 2018 Blue Heron Speaks Feature! This month, we shine a spotlight on BHR contributor, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, who is a stunning wordsmith. In her collection, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Books, 2018), we journey through themes of loss, grief, our shared humanity, and the complexities of the inner life. With great tenderness and lyricism, Guarnieri skillfully navigates these topics. Her graceful descriptions of the natural world provide a vivid magic, as if painting with words. While dealing with human struggles, this collection offers hope. Guarnieri invites us to honor all beings, all creatures, and all understandings of faith by joining together, “as global dreamers in coexistence.”

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Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site to read 2 sample poems by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri from her latest book, and to learn more about her work.

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Crossover at The Pangolin Review

The poem, Crossover, just published at The Pangolin Review.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/e869c8_a8655c817ea0413da61f84de37b1d17e.pdf

Northeast Times Review- The Handheld Mirror of the Mind

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Logan Krum on The Handheld Mirror of the Mind by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri at The Northeast Times:

https://northeasttimes.com/finding-truth-through-poetry-6748fc56061a

The Handheld Mirror of the Mind by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s fourth full length poetry collection, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind, is now available from Kelsay Books. You can find the book here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947465740/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530546351&sr=1-1

What others say about The Handheld Mirror of the Mind:

Poetry of global dreaming. Life on earth is under threat and Diane Sahms-Guarnieri makes a poetic call for the survival of humans and all animal species, life on the endangered list. We are all connected and interdependent. Our past teaches us core lessons for the future. Now is the time to take action to preserve life on the global home we share. Diane’s poetry is a celebration of this life, inside and out.

—Martin Chipperfield, 34thParallel Magazine

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri is a stunning wordsmith. In her collection, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind, we journey through themes of loss, grief, our shared humanity, and the complexities of the inner life. With great tenderness and lyricism, Guarnieri skillfully navigates these topics. Her graceful descriptions of the natural world provide a vivid magic, as if painting with words. In one poem, Guarnieri refers to stars, “as pinprick diamonds mined out of/night’s cave—luminous studs/riveted through black velvet.” She deals with death and the expectation of loss with care, infusing the life of nature, as in the line, “Your dusty voice rising as spirit leaving mimosa.” There is also great comfort, as in the refrain of the poem, “As long as a heart is beating someone is always alive.” While dealing with human struggles, this collection offers hope. Guarnieri invites us to honor all beings, all creatures, and all understandings of faith by joining together, “as global dreamers in coexistence.”

—Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor of Blue Heron Review; author of Amnesia and Awakenings and Still Life Stories, among others.

“What does a heart know anyway?” Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s lucid and brave fourth full-length collection The Handheld Mirror of the Mind wrestles with this question, as love and loss pass as naturally as the seasons. Through elegy and aubade, the speaker turns her gaze inward, interrogating the darkness. However, as she sifts through memory’s wreckage, there are patches of light and hope, of song. As the speaker reconciles: “I carry their song inside my body,/inside rhapsody of thoughts….To them I sing this easy truth.”

—Emari DiGiorgio, author of Girl Torpedo and The Things a Body Might Become

 

The Handheld Mirror of the Mind:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947465740/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530546351&sr=1-1

 

Coming Soon- The Handheld Mirror of the Mind by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s fourth full length collection, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind  will be released by Aldrich Press in July.  An update will follow. 

A Great Evening of Poetry in Reading, Pa.

We had a great evening with the Berks Bards at Goggleworks in Reading, Pennsylvania. Thanks to Jennifer Hetrick for booking us and to Angie for the video that appears here.

Back From Middletown

 

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We had a great time at the Middletown Township Arts and Cultural Festival. Thanks to Linda Reboh for inviting us to perform.

Spider’s Song at The Pangolin Review

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The poem Spider’s Song appears in this month’s edition of The Pangolin Review. You can read the poem and others at this link:

https://thepangolinreview.wixsite.com/mypoetrysite/current-issue

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