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Diane di Prima


Feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Swarthmore College for two years before moving to Greenwich Village in Manhattan and becoming a writer in the emerging Beat movement. There, she developed friendships with poets Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Frank O'Hara, and Audre Lorde. After joining Timothy Leary's intentional community in upstate New York, she moved to San Francisco in 1968.

Di Prima’s poetry mixes stream-of-consciousness with attention to form and joins politics to spiritual practice. In an interview with Jacket magazine, di Prima spoke about her life as a writer, a mother, and an activist. "I wanted everything—very earnestly and totally—I wanted to have every experience I could have, I wanted everything that was possible to a person in a female body, and that meant that I wanted to be mother.… So my feeling was, 'Well’—as I had many times had the feeling—'Well, nobody’s done it quite this way before but fuck it, that’s what I’m doing, I’m going to risk it.’"


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The Poetry Deal
Diane di Prima
The Poetry Deal is the first full-length collection of poems in decades from legendary feminist Beat poet, Diane di Prima.



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Revolutionary Letters
Diane di Prima
Revolutionary Letters is an American classic arising from the utopian anarchism for which Diane di Prima has long been a spokesperson. The first of these poems were written during the active days of the late 1960s...



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Recollections of My Life as a Woman
The New York Years
Diane di Prima
In Recollections of My Life as a Woman, Diane di Prima explores the first three decades of her extraordinary life. Born into a conservative Italian American family, di Prima grew up in Brooklyn but broke away from her roots to follow through on a...



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Memoirs of a Beatnik
Diane di Prima
Long regarded as an underground classic for its gritty and unabashedly erotic portrayal of the Beat years, Memoirs of a Beatnik is a moving account of a powerful woman artist coming of age sensually and intellectually in a movement dominated by a...



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Dinners and Nightmares
Diane di Prima
Diane di Prima has long been recognized as one of the strongest voices of her generation, and one of the few women who was able to break through the male-dominated beatnik scene. Her poetic portrayal of lowlife bohemians and revolutionary mentalities...



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Pieces of a Song
Selected Poems
Diane di Prima
"Diane di Prima, revolutionary activist of the 1960s Beat literary renaissance, heroic in life and poetics: a learned humorous bohemian, classically educated and twentieth-century radical, her writing, informed by Buddhist equanimity, is exemplary in...