Here's what people are saying about Shooting the Moon:
"Poetry has never been the exclusive domain of professional poets. Shooting the Moon is a fine collection of poetry from biologist, psychologist, and mother who provides many insights through her works as well as entertainment. A work of the heart, Shooting the Moon is well worth considering. 'On the Bus': Don't push on the doors./They can break/Then nobody goes anywhere.//Americans remain in a hurry to pile up, collect what they have no time for./Then they sell, recycle, throw away, ands burn.//'Only when the doors of perception are cleansed/can they be seen as they truly are, infinite.'//Don't push on the planet./It can break./Then nobody goes anywhere."
- Midwest Book Review
"More than an exploration of the shadows and silences that surround us, this book probes them and then explodes with incandescent images highlighted by the cut-glass prism illuminating Diane Klammer's transcendent vision. These poems heat to flashpoint the pills and palliatives we take that strike in the form of 'venomous rattlers,' thereby allowing ourselves to survive the daily news, and the comforts/horrors of domesticity in our ‘McDonald’s healthcare’ society while collecting bracelets and handcuffs of blood drawn from our lovers. Ultimately, though, Diane is herself a seer who, through craft and vision and raw power, pulls those around her to a vision of tranquility beyond both light and shadow."
- Jared Smith, author of The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations
"At one point in Shooting the Moon, Diane Klammer creates a kind of poetic Craig’s List, writing, 'Help wanted: dedication / to sort out this deadly confusion.' Klammer proceeds to answer her own call with passion, commitment, and humor. Her poems take the pulse of our planet’s troubled soul, lamenting everything from the legacy of slavery and nuclear armaments to pandemics and terrorism. Transparent about her own sorrows, Klammer is vigilant on behalf of all who are vulnerable or alone. She helps us to 'sneak back into sanctuary.' Poetry is a worthy asylum and this poetry insists on allowing 'entrance / to every seeker.'"
- Elizabeth Robinson, author of The Orphan & Its Relations and Apprehend
"In Shooting the Moon, Diane Klammer observes - with the introspection of a wanderer and the insight of a wise woman - the effects of loss, love, apathy, activism, inertia, and inspiration on the synthesis of human imagination and experience. Like Wislaw Szymborska, Klammer's poems remind us that there is humor in strife and wit in suffering. These are poems that are alive in the world of human understanding and assure us that 'there is comfort in this passing of circular shapes through time.'"
- Kristin Prevallet, author of I, Afterlife: Essay In Mourning Time
"Diane has a vision like a soothsayer, she’s holding out the bones of life to see if you see it too. Shooting the Moon is a book of overcoming, a collection of an Ubermenche. She wonders if we can do the same, inviting you to try in Shooting the Moon. Get your pop-gun and come along, [but] hold on tight. Diane is a fine word-smith, willing all of us to go as far as we can to the border of intimacy in language, where to question is the entire point of being a poet."
- Jane Crown, host of Jane Crown’s Poetry Radio
"From the blunt beauty of 'Rehab Re-creation' to the startling simplicity of 'Audrey on a Swing,' Klammer’s work articulates the emotions that are so often left untouched. Shooting the Moon dismantles the architecture of the everyday with lyrical wit. Her fearless approach to topics as diverse as love, aging, Darwinism and cigars makes her words speak loudly on the page."
- Graham Nunn, of SpeedPoets
"Moving from shadows to light, Shooting the Moon explores the intersections between serenity and the raging torrent of human hormonal impulses present and alive within us all. It maps the balancing acts of outward impulses and pharmaceutical solutions. This is an honest book warranting and sometimes requesting an honest look at ourselves and where we truly fit into the lexicon of the happy and the healthy. Pick it up, flip through its pages, and you are sure to find language that makes old ideas fresh and entices you to look deeper into the book and hopefully yourself."
- Olatundji Akpo-Sani, of Baobob Tree Press
Paperback: 181 pages / Poetry - Photography
Published: October 9, 2009
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