I have been writing since the age of 10 when my mother gave me a journal to help me cope with my grandmother’s suicide. Since then I have used poetry and nonfiction as a way to healing and creativity. I have made writing the love of my life. I began writing poetry when I was busy raising my three kids and did not have time to write long nonfiction pieces. Poetry was a place where I could allow my emotions and feelings explode. Poetry is a place where I can be myself and get in touch with my feelings and imagination. I teach writing for healing and transformation and recently received my Ph.D. in Psychology and I researched the transformative powers of writing and writing and sharing the poems in this collection has transformed me as the poet and my readers have reported the same.
The poems in Lust have been written over the past 15 years. This past May I turned 60 and it suddenly hit me that the world was ready to receive these poems. Because of their intimacy, I did not think the universe was ready to received before now. As one reader said, “This is a very brave and courageous collection.”
Lust is my fourth poetry collection and my ninth book. These particular poems were gathered from a hidden computer file and written. I have revised and edited them many times over the years.
I am a writer of multiple genres. Deciding what genre is most suitable for a piece of work is an intuitive thing. The subject of Lust seems to lend itself to poetry because in poetry we access all of our senses, as we should in “real life” lust.
Lust is beautiful. Lust is about having a passion for life, living and intimacy. It’s about being excited about all realms in life. It’s about being joyful to awaken every morning. The thread running through the book is not about lust in the sinful biblical sense, but rather, it is about lust for life. As a two-time cancer survivor who has been married for more than 35 years, I want to accentuate the importance of having lust for living on personal, intimate and universal levels, and I hope my readers feel this affects them in the same way.
Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning poet, memoirist, educator, transpersonal psychologist, and author of eight books, including four poetry collections and two memoirs, Regina’s Closet and Healing With Words. Her latest poetry collection, Lust, is available in softcover wherever books are sold and on Audible.
She is also editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge: 22 Writes Speak About Addiction and Dependency. She is advocate of writing for healing, transformation and empowerment and teaches workshop around the country. She also teaches memoir writing. She has been writing and publishing her work for more than 45 years.
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