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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

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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

 

A New Poem at Canary Literary Magazine

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Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis) just published at Canary Literary Magazine

Back From Cafe Improv

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A great time was had by all on March 25th at Cafe Improv at the Paul Robeson Center. Many thanks to the Cafe Improv crew for their positive energy and artistry. I will post a video of the reading when received.  Next up is the Langhorne Coffee House, Aritists on the Avenue on April 7th.

Back From Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

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Thanks to the River Poets of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania for their incredible positive energy and hospitality on March 2nd.

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Thanks to Melanie Eyth and The Gathering Gallery for having us on February 11th in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

New Poems at Eleventh Transmission

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Four poems published at Eleventh Transmission

http://waxpoetryart.com/eleventh/2016/dianesahmsguarnieri.html

It is a Wrap for 2016

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We completed our 2016 poetry tour with a reading for the Somerset Poets at the Bridgewater Library in New Jersey. Thanks to Bob Rosenbloom for a nice evening  of poetry.

Back From Boyertown

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We resumed our reading tour at Studio B in Boyertown, Pennsylvania this past Sunday. Thanks to the Studio B Crew for their warm welcome and great questions during the reading. Next up is The Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts on September 17th.

Thanks to Chase’s Hop Shop For a Warm Welcome

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Thanks to Chase’s Hop Shop for the warm welcome home for our reading at the shop. The crowd was great as well as the food and drink. This will be our last reading until August and it will be nice to take a break. Thanks to those who attended and to the open mic readers. It was simply a great night of poetry!

@ Moonstone

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Thanks to Charles Carr for having us at Fergies Pub in Philadelphia for the Moonstone Poetry Series and to those who read in the open mic.

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