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New Poem at The Plum Tree Tavern

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Whispers of Sacred Dust now at The Plum Tree Tavern

@ Newtown Bookshop


Host Lynn Fanok with Poet Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Host Lynn Fanok with Poet Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Diane reads in Newtown

Diane reads in Newtown


A great evening of poetry at The Newtown Bookshop in Bucks County last evening. Thanks to Lynn Fanok for having us.

An Interview With Bucks County Poet Lynn Fanok

A new interview at The Interview Room with Lynn Fanok.


@Penn State Brandywine Litapalooza Festival


We had a great afternoon of poetry at Penn State Brandywine’s annual Litapalozza Festival. Thanks to our gracious host Adam J. Sorkin and to all the student readers. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/albums/72157603927065737

Back From Dante Hall in Atlantic City New Jersey


Thanks to the South Jersey Poetry Collective and Richard Stockton University for having us at Dante Hall in Atlantic City last evening.

Poetry at The Pen and Pencil Club – Philadelphia, Pa

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri siging a copy of Night Sweat for Julie

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri  signing a copy of Night Sweat for Julie


We had a great evening reading with Jim Mancinelli and Kevin Grant at The Pen and Pencil Club. Thanks to our gracious host Bob Zell.

Reading at Youtube:

Two Poems Published by The Indiana Voice Journal


Two Poems By Diane Sahms-Guarnieri: “Detached from the body of wind”, “As if spring’s floral music is poetry of air.”





Two Readings

@ The Cafe Lodge

@ The Cafe The Lodge

We had a busy week with readings at Manor College in Jenkintown, Pa. and at The Cafe Lodge in Bethlehem, Pa. Thanks to the students at Manor and to Mark and the open mic poets who read at  Cafe The Lodge. A good week for poetry.

@ Cafe The Lodge

@ Cafe The Lodge

New Poem at The New Verse News

Image source: Truthout.org via flickr

Image source: Truthout.org via flickr


Night Sweat by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

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Night Sweat by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri has been released by Red Dashboard Press



What others say about Night Sweat by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri


Wherever Diane Sahms-Guarnieri takes you, she takes you all the way there, soul and senses rendered high-definition cameras, taking in history, loss, family, humor, and eros in a world brought alive. Night Sweat, her new book, moves among her beloved Philadelphia and environs, Old City, Christ Church, where “the present belongs and does not belong,” even the drug dealers at Frankford Terminal — then we’re in a bed of fire and fondly remembered love, then “friendship, the hinge of a calm shell,” then a flower field, with “seductive” tulips and “slightly badass” dandelions, then ancestors, relationship, descent from Lenape settlers and from the stars alike (“Stars connect us: they are lineage”). This poet is a singer, of car accident, graffiti artist, or the marriage (told in a hilarious poem) of William Carlos Williams and Flossie. After reading Night Sweat, you will live in a different world — or, rather, thanks to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, the world you always lived in, all aching beauties laid bare.

John Timpane- Assistant Books Editor/Media Editor Writer – Philadelphia Inquirer     


Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s Night Sweat is a moving collection of poems. In Sahms-Guarnieri’s poem “Sunset” she writes: “Everything has its own way of entering into night.” Many of her most memorable poems are intimate and unprecious portraits of people and urban landscapes and the psychic interplay of each in the other. Here people and places live inside each other and vice versa. In the poem “Delaware River” she describes the river as “a snake/ who has swallowed a mouse/ it carries it through night/ like a dark and dirty secret.” There is also much flora and fauna in the book, but Sahms-Guarnieri’s edge remains. She writes “I have come to mistrust the wisdom of trees/ their disguises.” Sahms-Guarnieri is a tough and tender poet. Her poems bridge time and memory in ways that unexpectedly reveal our present.

Thomas Devaney, poet and author of The Picture that Remains and A Series of Small Boxes.


In Night Sweat, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri explores the physical and emotional landscapes of the places and people she loves. She knows these places. She knows these people. And she writes with both the authority and humility of a poet fully engaged with these worlds.

Jim Daniels- Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English- Carnegie Mellon University


In a city that looks back, reflective as the moon, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri hangs life on the line from clothespin to clothespin to clothespin, billowing in the night breeze, a breeze that chills but does not cool.  The light Night Sweat sheds on the city is not the glare of sun but the haunting vision of moonlight that touches at once the subliminal and the sublime.  In a striking array of poetic images, reflecting together Ash Can Art and Georgia O’Keefe, haunting and dazzling at once, as moonlight illuminations provide tantalizing glimpses in a landscape revealed only to the exquisite extent that moonlight allows.


Mike Cohen

Host of Poetry Aloud and Alive

Contributing Editor, Schuylkill Valley Journal


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