Temptation by Water

poems by Diane Lockward


Temptation by Water may be obtained from your local bookstore, from on-line vendors such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or from the publisher. 
The Inner Music
Midwest Book Review
     Alabama Register
Innisfree Poetry Journal
Harvard Review
Very Like a Whale
Pirene's Fountain
Connotation Press
     Verse Wisconsin 
Pank Magazine 

Wendy's Muse

The Inner Music
Elmira College

     Connotation Press
     Your Daily Poem
     Poetic Asides, Writers' Digest
     Eclectica Magazine
     Valparaiso Poetry Review
PIF Magazine
The Caldwells Patch

     alphabet soup 1
     alphabet soup 2

Garrison Keillor reads Diane's poems on the Writers Almanac.

Visit Diane's website and blog

Diane Lockward's BLOG



In Temptation by Water, Diane Lockward "calculates the sum of her griefs" with a vigorous and mature poetic eye. Whether mourning the loss of a lover’s touch or celebrating steam rising from the slit of a baked potato, Lockward embraces life’s luscious, naked flaws and ecstatic turns, surrendering to desire and what’s left in "the wreckage of absence."
             — Dorianne Laux


Praise for Diane Lockward's previous books

What Feeds Us
After reading What Feeds Us, readers will not be able to look at pears and grapes, nor use vanilla, without appreciating their new, Lockward-named qualities. At the same time, Lockward acknowledges the places we hold sorrow. What Feeds Us refreshes readers with a full range of human experience. It piques our senses as it does our emotions, satisfying both.
            — Christine Stewart-Nunez, Red Rock Review

Against her meditative sense of loss, she balances the bristle of irony and bad-girl delight in the wicked.  She seduces us with love and linguini, with split vanilla bean and sun-glorious blooms that testify to the world’s abundance.
             — Judith Montgomery, Valparaiso Poetry Review

Eve’s Red Dress
Diane Lockward is a wickedly good poet . . . very much in touch with how wayward human impulses can be and how delicious also.
             — Baron Wormser, former Poet Laureate of Maine

She’s fearless and unafraid to let her characters unmask . . . Appetite, eros, seduction, the domestic, the abandonment and cruelty of the father shape the dark heart of this book . . . She seeds her poems with a strident I’ve got nothing to lose voice, at once intriguing and disarming.
            — Elaine Sexton, Prairie Schooner