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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


You can find Night Sweat by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri here:


Lights Battered Edge by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s second full length collection of poems, Lights Battered Edge, has been released by Anaphora Literary Press.

What others say about Light’s Battered Edge by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

The familiar Gospel song may reassure us that “His eye is on the sparrow,” but for those at the battered edges of our society, too often it doesn’t seem that way.  Here, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri catches sight of “a sparrow by its own forgotten self,” and that sparrow stands in for other “forgotten” ones: the homeless, the wrecked, the ill, a family of forebears “visited” by comprehensive Job-like “Misery.”  Even as she shows us “light’s battered edges,” however, Sahms-Guarnieri makes us sharply aware of “life playing / disharmoniously and harmoniously”: love so close it’s “like being safely snug inside / the lining of another’s skin”; earth itself surrendering “to each / sunset” “in a thankful swaying sort of way”; a soul snatched up animistically, “lifting, lifting, lifting into light.”  These compelling poems leave us disquieted, as much by beauty as by sorrow.

Nathalie F. Anderson

Author of Quiver

Professor, Swarthmore College

Think of the spirit of place as the frame of memory shaping language, of the perpetual soliloquy of being who you are in counterpoint with echoing phrases others have uttered at or to you, and you will have some idea of the chant and enchantment of the poems gathered in Light’s Battered Edge. There are some hard truths in these poems — about abusive spouses, about the wear and tear of caring for others. But underlying it all is the sense of what love really means.

Frank Wilson

Books, Inq. — The Epilogue


You can find Lights Battered Edge here:


An Evening with The Lancaster Poetry Exchange

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Lancaster Poetry Exchange

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Lancaster Poetry Exchange

We enjoyed a great reading with The Lancaster Poetry Exchange last evening. Thanks to Le Hinton who was a wonderful host. You can view more photographs of the event at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/albums/72157603927065737

Pennsylvania Poem now Available Online

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An excerpt of the poem, Pennsylvania is now available online at this link: https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-3429203031/pennsylvania

In addition an excerpt of the poem If against April’s Bluest Backdrop, Each Tree a “Living Sculpture” is also available at this link: https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-3429203041/if-against-april-s-bluest-backdrop-each-tree-a-living

To read the entire poems please visit The Pennsylvania Literary Journal



Poetry Institute Reading in New Haven

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at The Institute Library in New Haven

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at The Institute Library in New Haven

We had a great time in New Haven last evening @ The Institute Library. More photographs can viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/albums/72157603927065737

Absence Wins Working People’s Poetry Competition


Al Markowitz of Partisan Press announced Absence by Diane Sahms-Gurarnieri as the winner of The Blue Collar Review Working People’s Poetry Competition.  You can read Absence at The Blue Collar Review by clicking this link http://partisanpress.org/ and then on this year’s winning poem.

Poets on the Porch 2015

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads to the crowd at Poets on the Porch 2015

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads to the crowd at Poets on the Porch 2015

I was pleased to read at the final Poets on the Porch on July 11th for The Fox Chase Reading Series at Ryerss Museum and Library. You can view photographs of the entire event at this link:

Scenes from Poets on the Porch 2015

New Poem at The Plum Tree Tavern

plum tree Read Honeysuckles here: http://theplumtreetavern.blogspot.com/2015/06/honeysuckles-for-my-sisters.html

River Poets Reading- Bloomsburg, Pa.

IMG_1613 We had a great visit with The River Poets of Bloomsburg Pennsylvania on June 4th. The reading was held at the historic Bloomsburg Public Library and the audience and open mic readers were outstanding.

The River Poets of Bloomsburg Pennsylvania

The River Poets of Bloomsburg Pennsylvania

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