Swan Light is Diane Frank's latest collection of poems.
Praise for Swan Light
These poems of love returning to love, and light
returning to light, are a heart gone supernova. Page by page Frank
burns a path to her readers' hearts. The alignments are profound,
the connections electric – from heart to bone, from marrow
to star. These are radiant poems, where we earthbound creatures
may find simultaneous escape and renewal.
George Wallace, Walt Whitman Birthplace
Writer in Residence
There may be those who think of poetry as optional,
but Diane Frank's Swan Light does not support that thinking, since
it addresses a hunger you didn’t know you had, first with
trace nutrients of the soul, and as you progress, with the solid
food of organic experience. Read, savour and be nourished.
Paul Stokstad, Author of Butterfly
Here is a book to treasure, to take down frequently
for no particular reason, a book to help us remember why we took
to poetry in the first place.
Daniel J. Langton, Creative Writing
Professor, San Francisco State University
In Swan Light Diane Frank has written an irrepressible
and epic love story: a love story for lover, artist, parent, child,
earth, heaven, spirit, body, and music; a love story for what we
are forced to leave behind, and for what we are lucky enough to
keep; a love story whose thread is the music of love found in the
many narratives and lyrics we live while walking, writing, running,
dancing, painting, and praying. This is Diane Frank’s most
ambitious body of poetry to date, and I say “body” because
the word “collection” is so inaccurate. This book is
a whole, breathing the same breath as the author, and singing a
meaning threaded with intricate images and motifs.
Rustin Larson, author of Crazy Star
and The Wine-Dark House
Diane Frank presents in Swan Light a finely wrought
choreography of poetry that intersects with the music of language
and the spirit of dance. In these poems are whole constellations
of imagery, a resplendent aurora of words showering down to light
up the geography of the page. If poetry should not mean but be,
as MacLeish proclaimed, then these poems by Diane Frank truly are.
Andrena Zawinski, author of Something
About, PEN Oakland Award
Diane's poems may seem fanciful at times, but
her language belies the truth. Her poems are about survival: finding
love and community, creating a lifestyle that embodies art, winnowing
the truth from memory. A survival of the soul.
Stewart Florsheim, Author of The Short
Fall from Grace
As published in the Vine
Leaves Literary Journal, Jan. 2013