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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

 

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Two Poems Published by The Indiana Voice Journal

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

 

http://www.indianavoicejournal.com/2016/03/two-poems-by-diane-sahms-guarnieri.html

 

 

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Battered-Edge-Diane-Sahms-Guarnieri/dp/1681142171/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446053088&sr=1-1

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

 

 

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