Poetry, Erotica, Romance
February 1, 2014
TLC Book Tours
A passionate journey through private emotional moments, Diana Raab's Lust voices the pain of loneliness and the heart's yearning for love while transcending the depths of human desire.
I received a free audiobook version of Lust by Diana Raab from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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.
The poem What Women Want is a prime example of how love is simple like a gift tied with a blue bow but a gift so complex that it can take a lifetime to learn its intricacies. Coping is another strong and moving piece of how love can sour and turn to betrayal. What I find most interesting about Raab’s poems towards the end of her book is how she relates the ways a woman copes with a cheating lover by pouring forth her emotions and fantasies through creative writing. Coping is a short poem but it’s my favorite due to its snappy wit.
Overall, this sweet collection of erotic poetry runs about 1 hour and 13 minutes as an audiobook with a powerful narration from Kate Udall. I can easily say all of these poems have left an impression on me and I would avidly recommend this collection.
About Diana Raab
Diana Raab is an award-winning poet, memoirist, and believer in the healing power of the written word. She began crafting poems at the age of ten when her mother gave her her first Khalil Gibran journal to help her cope with her grandmother and caretaker’s suicide. A few years later she discovered the journals of diarist Anaïs Nin and learned that, like Raab, Nin began journaling as a result of loss (the loss of her father). Much of Raab’s poetry has been inspired by Anaïs Nin’s life and works.
She is the author of four poetry collections, My Muse Undresses Me (2007); Dear Anaïs: My Life in Poems for You (2008); The Guilt Gene (2009); and Listening to Africa (2011).
Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Rattle, Boiler Room Journal, Rosebud, Litchfield Review, Tonopah Review, South Florida Arts Journal, Prairie Wolf Press, The Citron Review, Writers’ Journal, Common Ground Review, A Café in Space, The Toronto Quarterly, Snail Mail Review, New Mirage Journal, and Jet Fuel Review.
She is editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks (2010) and Writers on the Edge (2012), co-edited with James Brown. Both these collections have submissions from poets and prose writers.
Diana has two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal (winner of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction and the National Indie Excellence Award for Memoir), and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey (winner of the 2011 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction).
She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and writes a monthly column for the Santa Barbara Sentinel, “The Mindful Word.” She lives in Southern California with her husband, and has three grown children. She is currently working on her doctorate in psychology and is researching the healing power of writing and creativity.