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The Guilt Gene, Poems by Diana Raab

Full Description:
Since the age of ten Diana Raab has been using her journal to capture images, feelings, and opinions, many of which have resulted in published poems. Her life's passion for keeping a journal served as a platform for her work as a full-time writer. This latest book, THE GUILT GENE, is a collection of sixty accessible poems depicting her view of inner and outer life.
Raab's poetry collection addresses a broad view of personal issues, including her life as a hippie in the sixties, coping with health issues, family sagas, travels, musings, fantasies, and her life as a writer. The universal themes will appeal to a broad audience, while addressing deeply personal issues.


About Author:
Diana Raab's poetry is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 Next Generation Book Award for Poetry and The Reader Views Book Award for her last collection, Dear Anais: My Life in Poems For You (2008).
Raab shares her passion for journaling with others by teaching its benefits and joys at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and to teens in the community. She also facilitates journaling and memoir workshops around the country. She stresses the healing power of journaling and how poetry can be born on the pages of a journal.

For more information, visit her website:

My Take on the Book:
I was quite excited to review this book, then it disappointed me. I love poetry, and am even guilty of writing it from time to time. I felt as though most of the "poems" in this book, were more like vignettes or random thoughts. Very scattered and put to paper. There were only six that I enjoyed or even considered a form of poetry. Sorry, but it just wasn't my cup of tea, and sure won't be on my recommendation list.

~I did not receive any compensation for this post. This is my honest opinion.~


  1. Sounds like one to take a pass on. Thanks for the review, though.

  2. Wow, sorry you didn't enjoy this book. I really enjoyed the frank perspective she brought to her adolescence and her bout with breast cancer.


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