Wanting It by Diana Whitney book coverWanting It

Poetry winner of the Rubery International Book Award

Released by Harbor Mountain Press, 2014

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Read selected poems from the collection.

Watch a video of “Green”. 




“Readers will scarcely miss the erotic element in Diana Whitney’s saucily entitled and brilliant book; but only witless ones will conflate the erotic here with the pornographic, for the author’s lust is so manifestly omni-inclusive. Whitney craves the natural world, in both its benign and malign aspects…but her hungry heart and eye invade her entire universe to such an extent that, if it did not exist, we should have to invent the adjective charged. These poems virtually leap at us from the page. What a debut!”

 – Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate

“Behind Diana Whitney’s debut collection of poetry Wanting It is a tremulous spirit full of wonder and imaginative agitation. Her poems are ancient secrets that luxuriate as much in the natural world as they do in the ancient sources and songs of her forebears and our wondrous lives as humans who desire and love. Such an abundance of torrential light will be felt long after this book is read.”

– Major Jackson

“This is a collection full of surprises, visceral and musical, physical and intellectual. Here is a poet in full command of the craft, but writing with such passion that ‘craft’ is the last thing we notice. The leaps and confessions of these speakers offer a thrill ride for the reader, but the sound never falters, and Diana Whitney doesn’t write what’s not worth quoting. Who can do that?  This poet can and does.  WANTING IT is one of the finest collections I’ve read in a very long time.”

– Laura Kasischke

Poets Speak

Brattleboro Community TV's Poets Speak

Reading at the Painted Word poetry series at the Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington, Vermont. September 17, 2014

Launch Party

The summer Launch Party for Wanting It on the Putney Tavern Lawn sure was fun...

Check out photos from the party, then join Diana at her next event