Diane di Prima
Diane di Prima Poems
- An Exercise in Love for Jackson Allen My friend wears my ...
- Song for Baby-O, Unborn Sweetheart when you break ...
- Some Lies About The Loba that she is eternal, that she ...
- Buddhist New Year Song I saw you in green velvet, wide full ...
- Paracelsus: Extract the juice which is itself a ...
- "she is the wind…" she is the wind you never leave ...
- Lilith Of The Stars for there is another Lilith, not made for...
Diane di Prima (born August 6, 1934) is an American poet and artist.
Di Prima was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934. She attended Hunter College High School and Swarthmore College before dropping out to be a poet in Manhattan. Her official online biography notes that she is "a second generation American of Italian descent" and that "Her maternal grandfather, Domenico Mallozzi, was an active anarchist, and associate of Carlo Tresca and Emma Goldman." Di Prima began writing as a child and by the age of 19 was corresponding with Ezra Pound and Kenneth Patchen. Her first book of poetry, This Kind of Bird Flies Backward, was published in 1958 by Hettie and LeRoi Jones' ... more »
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An Exercise in Love
for Jackson Allen
My friend wears my scarf at his waist
I give him moonstones
He gives me shell & seaweeds
He comes from a distant city & I meet him
We will plant eggplants & celery together
He weaves me cloth
Many have brought the gifts
I use for his pleasure
silk, & green hills
& heron the color of dawn
My friend walks soft as a weaving on the wind
He backlights my dreams
He has built altars beside my bed
I awake in the smell of his hair & cannot remember