Diane Sahms


City of Shadow & Light (Philadelphia) by Diane Sahms

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City of Shadow & Light (Philadelphia) by Diane Sahms has just been released by Alien Buddha Press. You can find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMSZ8NV8/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1668816380&refinements=p_27%3ADiane+Sahms&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Diane+Sahms

 What Others Say About  City of Shadow & Light (Philadelphia)

In Diane Sahms’s ambitious City of Shadow & Light (Philadelphia) there are classical elements, the prominence of the elegiac as well as the lyrical and an oracular power that echoes back to Greece, yet remains rooted in Philadelphia.  The language soars—blooms, although with a dark undertone, illuminating the shadow and shading the light.  The meticulous pairing of the shadow and light allows the reader to explore the connective tissue between the seemingly unalike. Sahms’ syntax alone imparts a musicality and a dissonance to her work. Readers are jarred into a heightened realm of acuity.  Heroin’s inner arm of a clawing dragon/he never slew and Blue Heron’s Blue-gray architecture wades slowly, deliberately/leads slavish eyes knee-deep into still waters. They are yoked together like duets.  In her “Suite for Iris” the poet’s persona explores the world from the perspective of Iris who exists in the liminal zone of part human-part flora, a fertile intersection of the primeval and the reasoned. Iris, tall stalk before shears, /rhizome’s roots as heart’s arteries. Sahms’ often heretical visions push brilliantly into an unseen darkness.

Stephanie Dickinson, author of The Emily Fables and Big Headed Anna Imagines Herself. 

Wade into the mirror with Diane Sahms as she unveils and unravels identities—probing for meaning and finding connections. Different life forms fuse into a “universal soul” in these “heart shuttling” sojourns that sonically imagine the magic of “spirits united.” Morality and mortality yield their secrets in exhilarating lyric passages in which emptiness is purified via resolute perception and consequent insight. —Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

In City of Shadow and Light (Philadelphia), Diane Sahms looks upward to the cosmic, then comes back to the personal, in poems that are full of natural imagery and (often) mystery. The focal point is the “first city,” Philadelphia, and its inhabitants, particularly those connected to the poet. We meet ones who create and others who struggle. What brings them together is the poet’s care for each and every one. Through these poems, you will gain a new appreciation for a place and some of its ordinary (and extraordinary) people. This is an eye-opening, heart-tugging collection. —Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of Tricks of Light

Diane Sahms’s City of Shadow & Light opens with the loss of two sons and continues to hearken more challenges as the book unfolds. But as she quotes from Jung in one epigraph, dark shadows only heighten the brightness of light. Thus, the book’s ending of “light” is hard-earned, and the fortitude is as inspiring as the “brave Raven, who stole light / from total darkness // for everyone.” The reader is left gladdened that this poet managed to retain her voice and that, despite everything, that “voice, still sings.”—Eileen R. Tabios 

City of Shadow & Light (Philadelphia) by Diane Sahms https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMSZ8NV8/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1668816380&refinements=p_27%3ADiane+Sahms&s=books&sr=1-2&text=Diane+Sahms 



Three Poems published at Wilderness House Literary Review


Three Poems published at Wilderness House Literary Review


Six Poems at Home Planet News


Home Planet News has just published Rose-LikeTatoo, Blues, Although, Cricket, Downy Woodpecker and Forget-me-not. https://homeplanetnews.com/?page_id=41844

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s poems, Flame, Perspective, & Zone Out read by Thomas Florek on The Tom and Doug Show. 

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Strawberry Moon and Waterwheel Published at Southern Arizona Press

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The poems Strawberry Moon and Waterwheel have been published in the anthology The Stars and Moon in the Evening Sky by Southern Arizona Press. The anthology is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B4HJ2FY2 and as a pdf here: http://www.southernarizonapress.com/downloads/

Live at Cafe Improv – March 2022

New Poem at The Green Shoe Sanctuary


Cold Moon Speaks:


Back From Chase’s


I had a great time reading with  Charles Rammelkamp, , Ezra Solway, Jane Rebecca Cannarella, Paul Ilechko, Cleveland Wall,  Carl Kaucher, and Michael Griffith. Thanks to Frank and the staff for all their assistance. You can see photos of the reading over at North of Oxford at this link: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2022/05/01/a-great-time-at-chases-hop-shop/



Back From Sellersville

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Thanks to Daddy O’s Studio in Sellersville for hosting our reading today and to all those who came to hear us read! Next up Chase’s Hop Shop in Philadelphia on April 30th. https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2022/04/10/north-of-oxford-presents-national-poetry-month-chases-hop-shop-4-30-22-2/

Moon Songs by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri


Five katautas published in a booklet by Poems for All.


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