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Many people who are otherwise able, adventurous readers shy away from poetry because they don't believe it could speak to them. It's too mannered, makes arcane literary references, or jumbles syntax in ways that make it hard to follow. Diana Shellenberger's free-verse, story-based poems are accessible as they still affirm readers' intelligence. Her poetry captures salient moments and concentrate them. Each poem contains layers of feeling, memory, sensuality and word play that aim to convey insight and delight. The poems in Thoroughfares to Love consist of moments observing how people love, how we could better love and how we learn to love by loving. Some of the poems are reminiscences of love's maiden voyage, taken over and over again each time one embarks on a new love. Other poems discern, praise and contact the One Love. Still others draw on Nature's beauty and how it guides us to contact the beauty within. Thoroughfares to Love celebrates how people are made to love, made for love and make a mess of love. The miracle is we almost always dust ourselves off and love again. This book is made up of the author's own heart dances and heartbreaks, persisting in her faith that love is life's blood. Love well, and chances are good you will live well.
Diana Shellenberger's writing draws on an eclectic blend of life experiences, from her California upbringing, her careers in parenting, education, publishing, and restaurants, and her training in martial arts and yoga. In addition to writing poetry and essays, Diana teaches yoga and meditation. Thoroughfares to Love is her first book of poetry.