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Recollections of My Life as a Woman
Diane Di Prima
0140231587
Mar 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Di Prima, perhaps the best known and certainly among the most talented of the beat generation poets, captures the heady atmosphere of New York's avant-garde community in the 1950s and 1960s, while rendering her own life with intimacy and grace. Born in Brooklyn in the mid-1930s, she remembers her Italian immigrant grandmother with great affection. But she describes frightening incidents from her earliest childhood: her father, a sullen, brooding, man, once beat her until her nose bled; her relationship with her mother was equally abusive. In elementary school, di Prima was bullied relentlessly; it was not until she entered Hunter High School for gifted students that she found a circle of friends; there, reading the great poets, she resolved to become a poet herself. Leaving Swarthmore College after what she...


Memoirs of a Beatnik
Diane Di Prima
0140235396
Aug 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
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 small confederacy of men, many of whom she lived with and loved. Filled with anecdotes about her adventures in New York City, Diane di Prima's memoir shows her learning to "raise her rebellion into art," and making her way toward literary success. Memoirs of a Beatnik offers a fascinating narrative about the courage and triumphs of the imagination.


The Portable Beat Reader
Ann Charters (Editor)
0142437530
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
The Portable Beat Reader is an excellent and thorough study of the Beat Generation, compiled and edited by Ann Charters, biographer of Jack Kerouac and one of our most notable experts on Beat literature and ideas. This lively work of scholarship goes deeply into the history of the Beat movement, investigating events such as the discovery (by writer William Burroughs) of the word beat to describe this literary generation. The reader includes essays on all the major prose and poetry writers, such as Allen Ginsberg, and offers rare insight into the literary-historical context of the movement. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Cutting through bohemian posturing and excess, Charters reprints the most vital material produced by...


Loba
Diane Di Prima
0140587527
Aug 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Di Prima's feminist epic, here augmented and reissued, was compared to Allen Ginsberg's Howl by critics when it was first released in 1978. And Loba does resemble Howl?both books can be formless, vatic and breast-beating. But di Prima's lupine protagonist hasn't held up as well as Howl's liberatory speaker, often seeming less an empowering goddess than a vehicle for rainbow-colored mysticism and mythmaking. The older material, here "Book I," contains a great many Clan of the Cave Bear-style musings ("She came to hunt, but I did not/ stay to be hunted"). These are at their best, however, when juxtaposed with a gritty, wayward sensibility: "She sleeps on sheepskins in yr dining room/ shoots smack into her arm, murmurs soothingly/ of the glorious vegetable soup/ she will make, tomorrow."). Poems like "REEDGATHERS:...


Dinners & Nightmares
Diane Di Prima
0867193956
June 1998
Paperback
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Revolutionary Letters
Diane Di Prima
086719538X
Dec 2004
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Revolutionary Letters
Diane Di Prima
0867195509
July 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Now back in print, this expanded edition of Revolutionary Letters shows di Prima at the peak of her artistry. This seminal work of political and personal philosophy is written in a direct but lyrical style, lending itself to exploring emotions and relationships and the phantoms they leave behind. Her poems and stories reflect an artist who is constantly stretching the limits of autobiographical fiction. “Diane di Prima is an adept and flexible provider of the real.” — Robert Creeley

About the Author
Diane di Prima is the author of 35 books of poetry and prose, including Pieces of a Song (City Lights, 1990). Her work has been translated into at least twenty languages. She has received grants for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, she...


America Zen: A Gathering of Poets
Ray McNiece
0933087918
September 2004
Paperback
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Review
Previous anthology, O TASTE AND SEE: FOOD POEMS won the 2004 American Poetry Anthology Award.

Book Description
Thirty of America's best Zen Buddhist poets come together in this new anthology of contemporary writing. Each with a photo, biographical sketch, Statement of Zen and Poetry, and at least 5 poems. 16 page introduction by Smith and McNiece set it up nicely for a rich gathering.

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Revolutionary Letters
Diane Di Prima
0867196602
Mar 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
This edition is the new volume of di Prima's classic Revolutionary Letters. There are some new pieces added in, and new edits on older pieces, done by the author. A new expanded edition of Loba (twice as long as the 1978 Wingbow Press edition) was published in the Penguin Poets series in August 1998. Her autobiographical memoir, Recollections of My Life as a Woman, was published by Viking in April 2001.

About the Author
Diane di Prima is the author of 35 books of poetry and prose, including Pieces of a Song (City Lights, 1990). Her work has been translated into at least twenty languages. She has received grants for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, she received an Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry from the National Poetry Association.


Pieces of a Song
Diane Di Prima
0872862372
Feb 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Here di Prima, a disciple of the Beat movement and a practicing Buddhist, records her search for spiritual fulfillment by way of various religious, political, romantic and intellectual pursuits. Unfortunately, the poet's metaphysical and political visions become lost in meaningless abstractions or banal generalities expressing a naive dream of goodness (in "Revolutionary Letters": "Left to themselves people . . . share blankets, dope & children / they are not lazy or afraid"). An overtly spiritual piece, "Paracelsus:" offers the image of a hallucinogenic "juice of stars / by circular stillation / smear / the inner man w/ the coction / till he burn / like worms of light in quicksilver." Of the many love poems, the most effective are those in which di Prima uses specific descriptive details to evoke particular...


Seminary Poems
Diane di Prima
0912449349
August 1991
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First Thought Best Thought
William S. Burroughs
159179188X
Aug 2004
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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Book Description
Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, William Burroughs, and Diane Di Prima – is there an aspiring poet or prose writer today who would miss a chance to meet and learn with these literary mentors face-to-face, sharing the secrets of their craft? That irresistible opportunity is now available with First Thought, Best Thought, the first landmark release from Naropa University’s treasured audio archives. Selected and edited by poet Randy Roark from thousands of hours of performances and teaching sessions, First Thought, Best Thought offers listeners four rare gems of inspiration and practical wisdom, including: · Allen Ginsberg on how we "discharge the spontaneous energy of genuine experience" onto the page · Anne Waldman on living your poetic practice by melting the boundaries between poetry on the page,...


Beat Poets
Carmela Ciuraru (Editor)
0375413324
July 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This rousing anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century countercultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish in smoke-filled cafés, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range.

The defining work of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac provides the foundation for this collection, which also features the improvisational verse of such Beat legends as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Michael McClure and the work of such women writers as Diane DiPrima and Denise Levertov. LeRoi Jones’s plaintive “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note” and Bob Kaufman’s stirring “Abomunist...

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