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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.


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Coming Soon- The Handheld Mirror of the Mind by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri


Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s fourth full length collection, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind  will be released by Aldrich Press in July.  An update will follow. 

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


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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


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Bialick weighs in on Images of Being

Barbara Bialick – Review of IMAGES OF BEING, poetry by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Images of Being Launch

A great time was had by all at Ryerss Museum and Library for the Book Launch of Images of Being.

Images of Being is now available at these on line venues



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Book Launch – October 15th @ 1pm

Please join us on October 15th at 1pm in the 2nd floor gallery of  Ryerss Museum andLibrary for a special poetry reading and book launch by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. Images of Being, her first full length poetry collection will be available for purchase and a brief reception will be held in the library following the reading/signing.

Ryerss Museum andLibrary is located in beautiful Burholme Park at 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. After the event, free tours of the museum are available until 4pm.

Images of Being by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri




I am pleased to announce the release of Images of Being for pre-order.  If you would like to pre-order the book please visit: http://www.stonegarden.net/index.php/bookstore/product/101-images-of-being/category_pathway-18

There will be a book launch event on October 15th. Details will follow.

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