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Lust Paperback – February 1, 2014
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where else but in art
can you let your fantasies blossom
and dreams flower–
Lust is the fourth book of poetry by Diana Raab. The book explores the emotional and physical intimacy of love, painting brief pictures of private moments shared between individuals and the complex feelings that they evoke.
As in most collections of poems or short stories, some words seemed to leap off the page, while others fell flat. Part of the beauty of reading a collection of work is that it gives readers a glimpse of some of the different things an author is capable of, and it gives the author a chance to experiment with different styles of writing. The poems that I disliked were the ones that tried too hard to rhyme, which constrained the emotional message and made them seem trite.
But enough of that. Most of the poems in this collection were fantastic. On to the ones that I loved most!
What Women Want
This poem blew me away. It describes a man at a bar who asks the narrator what she wants in a man, and her response as she realizes that she doesn’t want material goods, just love. Oh, and an espresso machine. Woman after my own heart!
This theme of learning to accept oneself after recovering from breast cancer is a thee that runs through several of the poems in the collection, and Raab presents it in a powerful and compelling way. In this poem, a woman who survived breast cancer has an intimate encounter in the shower with a man. She expects him to judge her or stare or become disconcerted by the fact that she’s had a mastectomy, but is instead awed and overwhelmed by the fact that he accepts her as she is with no questions asked.Read more ›
Lust by Diana Raab is a collection of erotic and romantic poetry. Through these poems, Raab tells of how love, sex, and heartbreak affects a person's most inner being. This moving collection contains short, thought-provoking poems that delve into sensuality and love loss.
While listening to the audiobook narrated by Kate Udall, I discovered that many of the poems are tastefully passionate and not overly graphic. As Raab introduces us to her first poem, Painting, we learn about a husband and wife that through age and life grow distant while their love fades.
Raab's poetry speaks of tenderness and the delight of escape through flights of love, and yet there is a sadness that lurks beneath the surface of these erotic fantasies. It's like a loneliness that lingers after giving readers a glimpse into love and the disappointment of a relationship.
One of my favorites from this collection is The First Time, a poem about a woman who bears a scar from breast cancer on her chest. She is tempted and falls for the wrong man and learns never to travel down that road again. Through ecstasy and moments of closeness, these poems move readers along on a journey. And some of those paths end with sorrow, such as from the unfaithfulness of a lover.
Throughout the collection there seems to be a thread uniting these poems in the lessons love teaches us about bitterness and joy. From Painting to Where Else, the thread remains and makes this collection so touching that it gently plucks at my heartstrings, playing a fine tune that is so true to everyday life. That in the end, with love comes heartache.Read more ›
Raab has never wavered from sharing herself in her poetry and her nonfiction, but this book goes deeper, expressing in words what many of us only feel physically.
Warning: Do not leave Lust around for the cleaning folks – or your children – to find. Keep it tucked in a sacred spot in the boudoir, where you can share it with an appreciative lover.
My goodness, what can I say about this one. *wipes sweat from brow* This one is a steamy, highly thought out, well done poetry collection of the highest order. I will do my best to give it justice. Sometimes, I find myself feeling intimidated by poetry. Poetry when done correctly, is deeply thought provoking and this one is definitely that.
It was difficult for me to narrow the collection down to just a handful of poems. For varying reasons and a very scientific manner of choosing and grading them… I cannot choose just one. I will list my top ten in no particular order, let me know if these hit you as they did me.
Sexual Revolution & Evolution
What Women Want
Waiting And Wondering
Your Lightning Rod
A Gentle Reminder
As with all poetry, each person will take something different from these poems. For me, my senses were engaged, and feelings were inspired throughout the journey of the collection. The above poems are the ones sticking with me right now, as I read them in the future I am certain others will speak to me in ways they haven’t yet. That is the beauty of poetry, it can be read a thousand times and say something different.
I enjoyed it completely, and I feel all of you will as well. What is the final score on the Papi Z Book-O-Meter? 5 out of 5 stars, buy it, love it, experience the feelings and thoughts within and as always share it widely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've never met the poet Diana Raab, but I sense from the poems in "Lust" that I've known her. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SK Figler
Personal trysts with a married man. love letter poems. Not what I expected.Published 14 months ago by Kathy Sands
If you like adventurous wanderings, beautiful poetry, creative expression, artful imagination, juicy tidbits, and passionate writing this book is for you! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julie
The feelings aroused by sex, love and loss are so rich and intense that we struggle to name their nuances. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Phil Mayes
Lust, from my American Heritage dictionary (1953) is defined as overpowering or overmastering desire. Read morePublished 18 months ago by carl brookins
Diana Raab throws the door wide open to hotel rooms, bedrooms, and jungles where instinct and desire are uncensored, truth tumbles out, sprawled across the sheets. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Janet Lucy
Human emotions expressed through poetry. Diana Raab covers all aspects of love and life, its ups and downs, while using provocative and sensual words delicately placed on each... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary Crocco
Poet Diana Raab does a great job of displaying appreciation of sexuality at any age. It seems as though the poet takes readers on her sexual journey through life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nsikan-Abasi
Lust is captivating! These poems immediately grab the reader's attention and hold onto it for the entirety of the book (seriously, I read the book cover to cover in one sitting). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Heather