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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.