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Diane Di Prima, born August 6, 1934, in New York, N.Y., is an American poet whose work has been identified with the Beat Generation.
Di Prima was also a co-founder of the American Theatre for Poets.
Diane Di Prima's letters, spanning the dates 1962-1971, are written to her parents, Frank and Emma Di Prima.
www.lib.udel.edu /ud/spec/findaids/diprima.htm   (481 words)

 Diane Di Prima's
Recollections of My Life As A Woman
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Diane di Prima, one of the premiere poets of the Beat Generation, stands out from the male dominated literary coterie boasting icons like Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Ferlinghetti.
Not content to be merely a muse to the men around her, Di Prima devoted time to her own work, even after she became a single mother in 1957.
Di Prima's years in New York were filled with a variety of artistic pursuits--dance, theatre, film, and writing.
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 Diane di Prima, Loba
Di Prima seeks to fulfill this purpose by gathering together and recreating mythologies, especially those that connect to her own roles as woman and poet.
Di Prima creates a harmony between the roles of women by pairing these voiceless women with her all-powerful Loba Goddess.
If di Prima's main purpose here is to create new myths and roles for women, she is also refuting the roles that men and women have long accepted as truth.
www.rambles.net /diprima_loba.html   (451 words)

 Diane di Prima - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Diane di Prima (born August 6, 1934) is an American poet and one of the most active of women poets associated with the Beats.
Diane di Prima was born in Brooklyn and attended Swarthmore College before dropping out to be a poet in Manhattan.
Di Prima began writing as a child and by the age of nineteen was corresponding with Ezra Pound and Kenneth Patchen.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Diane_di_Prima   (474 words)

 Metroactive Books | Diane di Prima
Di Prima's descriptions of domestic life with Marlowe in Manhattan and in Topanga Canyon in the early 1960s make for one of the saddest portraits of a marriage I have ever read.
When she's at her best, di Prima doesn't hide from the mirror image, even when it shows her to be a prisoner of conventionality, not the free woman she'd like to be.
Despite the New York publisher and the close encounters with editors and lawyers, di Prima is still a rebel in the spirit of the 1960s, and in the spirit, too, of her Italian, anarchist grandfather Domenico Mallozzi.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/04.12.01/diprima-0115.html   (1698 words)

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Di Prima saw him sitting on a park bench in Washington Square and noticed he was crying.
Diane and Alan had gone to California to retrieve Alan's car which had been stolen by Tony Cox - a friend of Yoko Ono at the time who later went on to marry her in 1963 after her divorce from composer Toshi Ichiyanagi.
Di Prima's husband and Freddy's ex-lover, Alan Marlowe, was one of the pallbearers at the funeral, along with several other male dancers and Bret Rohmer who would later provide the illustrations for di Prima's The Book of Hours: Poems in 1970.
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 Amazon.com: Loba (Penguin Poets): Books: Diane di Prima   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Here, di Prima's invocations are spiked with etymological probings of received wisdom, as when examining the roots of ethics: "& ethos/ is not/ cannot be/ prima materia/ all "honor"/ is derivative." Such sentiments, "soft/ as russian vowels," show di Prima to be a pivotal figure for those who would rewrite the archetypes of the unconscious.
Diane di Prima's poetry has been essentially lyrical, even in its most radical aspects, but she has chosen to define this work of her maturity as an epic, inasmuch as an epic is a narrative poetic work about a quest.
The volume is replete with teachings, reflections and musings on life that di Prima wants to share with her readers, and that come forth as brief and powerful aphorisms, as in the first verse of poem "He Who Was Not Born from a Lotus": "It is the Word that is the Ground of Love.
www.amazon.com /Loba-Penguin-Poets-Diane-Prima/dp/0140587527   (1868 words)

Di Prima delivers on raunch, providing a wild tale of sexual exploration that begins with the main character (arguably Di Prima, who drew heavily from personal experience) losing her virginity and ends with the character's first pregnancy.
Di Prima's no-holds-barred honesty (the sex is real, with all of the funky smells and personal quirks) and her joyful appreciation for the finer details in life (e.g., a good cup of coffee, well-sugared) separates this book from the murky sea of erotica --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Here, di Prima's invocations are spiked with etymological probings of received wisdom, as when examining the roots of ethics: "and ethos/ is not/ cannot be/ prima materia/all "honor"/ is derivative." Such sentiments, "soft/ as russian vowels," show di Prima to be a pivotal figure for those who would rewrite the archetypes of the unconscious.
www.fb10.uni-bremen.de /anglistik/kerkhoff/BeatGeneration/DiPrima.htm   (7830 words)

 Diane Di Prima Papers An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University
Diane di Prima, poet, editor and teacher, was born August 6, 1934, in New York City, the daughter of Francis and Emma (Mallozzi) di Prima.
In the late 1950's and early 1960's Diane di Prima became a member of a group of New York poets and writers, frequently known as the "Beats," who were centered in Greenwich Village.
In addition to founding the American Theatre for Poets, di Prima was the director and co-founder of the New York Poets Theatre (1961-1965) and the San Francisco Institute of Magical and Healing Arts (1983-1990), and founder of the Poets Institute.
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 Diane di Prima Papers, University of Louisville (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Diane di Prima, feminist writer, poet, and teacher, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 6, 1934.
Di Prima began a correspondence with the poet Ezra Pound, visiting him daily for two weeks in 1955 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in Washington, D.C., where he was hospitalized.
Diane di Prima was married in 1962 to writer Alan Marlowe (divorced 1969) and in 1972 to Grant Fisher (divorced 1975.) She is the mother of five children: Jeanne (born October 28, 1957), Dominique (born June 4, 1962), Alexander (August 12, 1963), Tara (December 23, 1967), and Rudra (September 17, 1971).
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 "The willingness to speak": Diane di Prima and Italian American feminist body politics MELUS - Find Articles
Di Prima, youthful and smiling, with groovy, lace-up, Italian-looking sandals is sitting on top of an upright piano, book in hand, giving what appears to be an engaging reading.
Over the course of forty years, di Prima has certainly gained control of the means by which her work has been published.
When di Prima's work is reviewed by the mainstream press, or is discussed within broader Anglo-literary contexts, it is usually accompanied by some kind of disparaging commentary.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2278/is_3_28/ai_110473967   (591 words)

 From Black Mountain College to St. Mark's Church: The Cityscape Poetics of Blackburn, di Prima, and Oppenheimer - R A I ...
The Cityscape Poetics of Blackburn, di Prima, and Oppenheimer
Di Prima later explained, "All my writing was completely predicated on getting the slang of N. in the period in the early 50's, down on paper somehow or another" ("An Interview with Diane di Prima" 29).
What the Black Mountain impulse (and here I add in di Prima who had completely digested Ezra Pound when she was still very young) contributed to the emerging poem of the city was a precision of imagery and a voice of utter candor.
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 Diane di Prima
My grandfather died when I was 11 and I wasn’t allowed to see him dying or go to the funeral.
But now that she was dying, she wanted to make sure that she was buried in a bright-colored dress.
It was a matter of deep concern; she was restless and distressed till she was sure it was understood, and promises were extracted.
academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu /modlang/carasi/via/ViaVol1_2diPrima.htm   (4849 words)

 Book Review: Diane di Prima's memoirs
Di Prima's decision to do her own thing at whatever cost borders on the heroic.
It is di Prima's epic sense of life, her voracious sense of quest that makes this book so emotionally fulfilling.
From beginning to end di Prima is painfully honest about her feelings, feelings about her mother, her lovers, her friends, even her writing.
www.whatisaids.com /diprimareview.htm   (837 words)

 Diane Di Prima: The Dark Beauty Of Beat Poetry. Part II.
Her direct honesty in dealing with sexual issues, political issues, and the random pursuit of pleasure cannot be understated or ignored.
In "Pieces Of A Song", a sort of literary anthology, her blunt manner of telling the truth surfaces in "No Problem Party Poem." Again, it is the timing and rhythm of the poem mixed with its' frankness that keep the poem from drifting into another lost regressive poem.
Another aspect that characterizes a Di Prima poem is her ability to use one word or phrase with constant use of a repetitive manner to add strength to the tone of the poem.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/beat_boulevard/71733/1   (473 words)

 Diane Di Prima: The Dark Beauty Of Beat Poetry
There was always some deep enchantment with Diane Di Prima, boardering on the realms of mysticism; circling words where the mirror has been cracked making the illusion surrounding reality fade in the sparseness of an early morning light's dawning.
Part of the enchantment may have been in her appear- ance, for she carried with her a beauty so striking and seductive that it made the fifties era turn a face towards the misty shores of Bohemia.
With one of her first books, "Dinners and Nightmares", Di Prima set the stage for the revolutionary, sharing with both worlds, the realms of darkness and sexuality.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/12813/71133   (326 words)

 Jacket 18 - Diane di Prima in conversation with David Hadbawnik, August 2001
Diane di Prima: I think to start with, there was that ‘men were a luxury’ thing that I got at the grandparents’ house, much as my grandfather was clearly the head of the family in terms of, he was the most intellectual, he was looked up to, and so on.
And that matters, in that you have a ground from which the people who have stature are going to grow, they don’t have to start in a place where there’s nothing at all and invent a platform and stand on that, there’s like a real ground of fertile energy all the time.
Well, there was, Margaret Kilgallen just died, and she had a show in New York, and there was a big piece about her in the New York Times, so that was surprising...
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If you're saying to yourself, "di Prima?" you are one of the main reasons I wrote this article.
Even if you have heard of Diane's work you have to admit, in a field that already has an amazing paucity of women, to overlook even one seems like a capital crime, especially this one.
Diane di Prima is a San Francisco writer and poet who works in healing, Magick, and Alchemy.Her more recent books are : Pieces of a Song -Collected Poems, City Lights, 1990, Zip Code, Coffee House Press,1992, and Seminary Poems, Floating Press, 1991.
joseph.matheny.com /diprima.html   (2442 words)

 Women of the Beat...Diane Di Prima Biography
Where there was a strong writer who could hold her own, like Diane Di Prima, we would certainly work with her and recognize her.
Born in 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, to second-generation Italian immigrants, Diane Di Prima would go on to be a driving influence throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s.
While her life was not always easy, she used the challenges she faced to become a powerful voice for women throughout her life.
www.womenofthebeat.org /DianeDiPrima/DianeDiPrima.htm   (259 words)

 Diane Di Prima
Diane di Prima, Bob Dylan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Leon Tabory, Anne Waldman, Lew Welch, ruth weiss, Philip Whalen">
Diane di Prima at the Cosmic Baseball Association
Diane di Prima Papers Housed at the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, William F. Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville
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 SF Bay Guardian pick of Diane di Prima reading   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A leading voice of the still-beating beat generation, and one of the only women associated with it, Diane di Prima will read from her epic poem Loba this weekend at DivaFest, the Exit Theatre's yearly showcase of art and performance by women.
In all her roughly 50 years' worth of poetry, Loba is something like an ongoing magnum opus, a search for a new conception of the feminine that (when Loba: Book I came out in 1978) some called the feminist counterpart to Ginsberg's Howl.
Di Prima will concentrate on the as-yet-unpublished Book III portions at DivaFest, so this chance to join a real-live beatnik poetry reading should include more than just the warm sheen of nostalgia.
www.sffringe.org /media/diane.html   (142 words)

 The Beat Page - Diane di Prima
Diane Di Prima is one of the few female Beat writers to attain prominence and is certainly a writer who is worth investigating.
She was born in New York City on August 6, 1934 and after attending Swathmore College, settled in Greenwich Village.
Di Prima's career may reflect a struggle with the political and social upheavals that occurred in the 1960's and 1970's however, her writing often focused on her personal life and relationships.
www.rooknet.com /beatpage/writers/diprima.html   (423 words)

 Poetry Previews: Diane DiPrima
In this passage di Prima is presenting "synchronicity" as a psychological strategy—just as Jung does.
In doing this, these readers will discover things not only about di Prima but about the modes of mythological thinking out of which such poetry arises—which is to say that they will discover things about themselves.
The hunger of childhood for that world is natural...." It is of course also relevant to point out that di Prima's poem is full of passages of the most gorgeous and poignant language, that it is "brilliant" in that sense too.
www.poetrypreviews.com /poets/poet-diprima.html   (2295 words)

 DI PRIMA MSS.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Di Prima mss., 1956-1972, are the correspondence and writings of Diane Di Prima, 1934-, poet and editor.
Letters to Diane Di Prima come from John Wieners in Oct., 1963, and from Robert Creeley in Jan., 1968, about her work as an editor.
A letter of Jeanne Di Prima to Robert Alfred Jump Wilson, January 12, 1972, encloses the draft of a poem, dry heat of the tassajara, by Diane Di Prima, A.D.S., 1p., 28cm.
www.indiana.edu /~liblilly/lilly/mss/html/diprima.html   (184 words)

 Exquisite Corpse - A Journal of Letters and Life
Di Primaþs amazing memoir, Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, resurrects the tastes and textures of an extraordinary time in American art and letters, while describing, simultaneously, the journey of a brave and unsparingly insightful woman.
Di Primaþs friends and lovers included men and women who are famous now.
Those books complement Di Primaþs in interesting ways, particularly Hettie Jonesþ, who was the wife of poet LeRoy Jones, aka Amiri Baraka, whose lover Diane was.
www.corpse.org /issue_9/critiques/codrescu.html   (514 words)

 The religion of Diane di Prima, feminist poet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The religion of Diane di Prima, feminist poet
Passionate writer, poet, and feminist Diane di Prima [http://www-personal.ksu.edu/~janette/installations/MaryV/diPrima1.htm] was born in 1934.
Di Prima is widely published, her work translated into more than eight languages, and her opus includes such works as The Calculus of Variation (1972), Memoirs of a Beatnik (1969, 1988), Revolutionary Letters (1968, 1969, 1971), Selected Poems, 1956-76 (1975), and Seminary Poems (1991).
www.adherents.com /people/pd/Diane_diPrima.html   (170 words)

 RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE AS A WOMAN A MEMOIR - Diane di Prima - Penguin Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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 lifelong commitment to become a poet, first made when she was in high school.
Immersing herself in Manhattan's early 1950s Bohemia, di Prima quickly emerged as a renowned poet, an influential editor, and a single mother at a time when this was unheard of.
www.penguin.ca /nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780140231588,00.html   (233 words)

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