Diane Frank on Poets Cafe

The following interview of Diane Frank by Lois P. Jones originally aired on KPFK Los Angeles (reproduced with permission).

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Biographical Information—Diane Frank

Diane Frank is an award-winning poet and author of six books of poems, including Swan Light, Entering the Word Temple, and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. Her friends describe her as a harem of seven women in one very small body. She lives in San Francisco, where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Diane teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University. She leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the School and directs the Blue Light Press On-line Poetry Workshop. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her new novel, Yoga of the Impossible, was #3 on Amazon’s bestseller list for metaphysical fiction, and #1 on their Hot New Releases list. To schedule readings, book signings and workshops, and to invite her to speak to your book club, contact www.dianefrank.net.


Iowa Omen

Three hawks fly south
as your voice trembles
across the great plains.

Fields of sleeping cows
a gentleness in the land.

Here is the omen:
Sky splashed with aurora,
blue stars, curtains of light.

The letters are gold
on red silk –
Japanese calligraphy.

If I had the right kind of ink
I’d write them
on your skin.