ART SPIRITS by Diane Solis



“These poems by California poet Diane Solis glint with distinctive Western light. Like Larry Levis, Solis exhibits her breadth of skill with tightly compressed poems (“Thirst Like This,” “Tigers of Her Imagination”) as well as sprawling suburbanesque narratives (“Bennies,” “Dolphin Skeleton,” “Cigarettes”). Solis’ work pushes the reader past California’s  chardonnay-tinged Romanticism to face the mirrored glare of the land “east of Eden.” Here, reminiscent of Frank Bidart, we find cancer, industrial accidents, county jails, bars, syringes, internment camps, and mange—all tucked among camellias, quail, chaparral, and peach trees. Solis makes a well-cultivated and rich contribution; she extends the open gesture embodied in California poetry.”

–Rose Marie Berger, poetry editor, Sojourners magazine (


As usual, Diane Solis’ collection Art Spirits does not disappoint. Her lyrical descriptions and vivid characters embrace you and bring you home. A truly beautiful work of art!

–Michele Shaul, Professor, Department of World Languages, Director, Center for Latino Studies, Queens University of Charlotte, Co-Editor of the e-journal Label Me Latina/o






by Diane Solis

$14.99, paper


The poetry of Diane Solis has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, excerpted in Expressive Writing: Classroom and Community, and has been published or is forthcoming in literary journals and magazines, including, America, Big Muddy, The Healing Muse, Hobo Camp Review, The Lost Country, Psychological Perspectives, Sinister Wisdom, Slink Chunk Press and elsewhere. A science writer and technical editor by trade, Solis practices contemplative and Zen forms of meditation and travels to remote places to photograph and write about the “wild” she encounters there. She resides on the Central Pacific Coast with her life partner.


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