swift, bright, drift

swift, bright, drift... poetry by Diane JarvenpaNew Poetry by Diane Jarvenpa

I am happy to announce the publication of my new chapbook of poetry swift, bright, drift by Red Dragonfly Press.

The book is about the legacy of wilderness, how we walk within it and around it and are still mystified by it. I have dedicated this book to my father who taught me how to observe, listen and sit in the luminous silence of the woods. This is my attempt at phenology and my shy desire to record the changes of the earth and also acknowledge how it is easy to feel illiterate in the face of nature and yet grateful for its adaptability and rebirth.

Check out my calendar for future readings.

swift, bright, drift will be available at book stores and at Amazon, or can be ordered directly via this form.


Diane Jarvi Bittersweet

“On her new album “Bittersweet,” singer, guitarist and kantele player Diane Jarvi once again dives deeply into her Finnish heritage with beautiful, sometimes haunting results. The kantele is a Finnish harp, a national instrument, and Jarvi plays seven different ones on “Bittersweet,” ranging from a tiny “pikku” to a 36-string model. The sound entrances, as does Jarvi’s lovely and character-filled voice, on songs about Finland, family members, strong women, hard winters, and the mysteries of genealogy.  Jarvi [is] joined by old pal Dan Newton (accordion), jazz bass great Gordy Johnson, The DitchLilies, the Finn Hall Band, and violionist Sara Pajunen, whose solo on “Meri Lintu”  is a little wonder. And let’s not forget Jarvi’s daughter, LiLi Jarvenpa, now a fine kantele player herself.” Tom Surowicz–Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Books by Diane Jarvenpa

swift, bright, drift

I am happy to announce my new book of poetry swift, bright, drift will be published by Red Dragonfly Press January 2016.

The Tender, Wild Things

The Tender, Wild Things, winner of The Many Voices Project at New Rivers Press. “This is a wonderful book and a gorgeous journey not to be missed.” -Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of Year of the Snake

Ancient Wonders: The Modern World

A sequence of six poems by Diane Jarvenpa that brings us to the crossroads where the mysteries of the past and the simple awe of the day-to-day meet. Sheralyn Barnes provided six images to accompany each section. The images were printed from magnesium engravings made from the scratch-board originals.

Divining the Landscape

“Diane Jarvenpa tells us there are things we cannot see: how flowers grow, what the prairie dreams, how summers come, where muskrats go. She honors too the complexities of the people closest to her, like her immigrant grandparents and her parents. She knows there are some things that can only be explained with poetry. That is why these poems begin with words but always end in music.” -Jim Johnson, author of Wolves