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A Great Time at Fergie’s

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We had a great time at Fergie’s Pub reading for Moonstone. Thanks to Larry Robin for the invite and hosting, and to Dave Worrell our co-feature. Also to all the open mic readers. To learn more about Moonstone visit: https://moonstoneartscenter.org/

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Video From Cafe Improv !

A Great Time at Café Improv

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It was a great crowd at Café Improv in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday evening. The acts were outstanding and the staff was generous as always. A video will follow in a week or so. g and I had a great time! http://cafeimprov.com/

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Photograph by Lynn Irving

Back From Mudd Puddle

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g and I enjoyed reading for the great crowd at Mudd Puddle Café in New Paltz, New York. Thanks to Robert Milby for hosting us and to the great open mic readers!

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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri with Poet Laureate of Orange County New York Robert Milby  

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s Affect

Hand Held Mirror of the Mind

Thanks to Stephen Page for this Amazon review.

These are dense poems, packed with imagery, emotion, and sensualness. A long, slow read, I lingered over every word—each affecting, not a one I would extract. Reading “The Handheld Mirror of the Mind” is like reading a novel, the kind that after you pick it up and begin reading, you are reluctant to set it down.

https://www.amazon.com/Handheld-Mirror-Mind-Diane-Sahms-Guarnieri/dp/1947465740/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543760503&sr=1-1

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Stephen Page is the Author of The Timbre of Sand, Still Dandelions, and A Ranch Bordering the Salty River. https://smpages.wordpress.com

Beautiful, Artful Poems

Hand Held Mirror of the Mind

Thanks to Chistina M.R. Norcross for this Amazon Review on the Handheld Mirror of the Mind.

In her opening, ten-part poem, Diane Guarnieri invites us to honor our vast history of all beings, all creatures, and all understandings of faith to join together, “as global dreamers in coexistence.” In “Everyone has their own hallelujah,” she celebrates a reverent appreciation for the gifts of ancestors. These are musical, artful poems. Guarnieri has a gift for bringing to life the real and the unreal, and even things we cannot see, like the wind. Diane Guarnieri has the ability to describe even a junco bird with a sense of magic, and we are instantly beguiled. The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Books, 2018) is a beautiful poetry collection, which you will want to return to again and again!

norcross—Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor of Blue Heron Review; author of Amnesia & Awakenings and Still Life Stories, among others.

 

You can find the book here:

https://www.amazon.com/Handheld-Mirror-Mind-Diane-Sahms-Guarnieri/dp/1947465740/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543760503&sr=1-1

Newtown Bookshop Featured Poet

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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will read  on October 11 @ 6 p.m. at the Newtown Bookshop.  Please join us and bring a poem or two. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of four full-length poetry collections, her latest one, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Press, 2018). She has been published in The Philadelphia InquirerPennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, among others. Currently she is poetry editor at North of Oxford, an online literary journal.
 
Newtown Bookshop Poetry Group
Village at Newtown, 2835 S. Eagle Road,
Newtown, PA 18940
www.newtownbookshop.com
(215) 968-2400
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An Interview at Poets’ Pause

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

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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