Diane di Prima

(1934 / Brooklyn)

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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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  • Kenneth Kelbaugh (10/6/2018 11:20:00 AM)

    I am trying to find a poem that has the following lines and I believe it was written by Diane di Prima. I wonder if someone could help me confirm that these are her words, and in which poem the words were presented, and if not hers let me know. Thank you

    what is life, but a dream of all that is not scene-inbetween- of poets that perhaps know-it. for to fail it, you must own it in the rythm (rhythm?) of the current......

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Best Poem of Diane di Prima

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
his name,...

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