Diane di Prima Poems

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1.
An Exercise in Love

for Jackson Allen
My friend wears my scarf at his waist
I give him moonstones
He gives me shell & seaweeds
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2.
City Lights 1961

Going there for the first time
it was so much smaller then
that crowded downstairs full of poetry
racks of tattered little mags against the wall
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3.
"I am a shadow…"

I am a shadow crossing ice
I am rusting knife in the water
I am pear tree bitten by frost
I uphold the mountain with my hand
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4.
Song for Baby-O, Unborn

Sweetheart
when you break thru
you'll find
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5.
Some Lies About The Loba

that she is eternal, that she sings
that she is star-born, that she gathers crystal
that she can be confused with Isis
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6.
Lilith Of The Stars

for there is another Lilith, not made for earth
of whom it is said / that when she is seen by men
it is as vapour / a plague / a cacophony
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7.
"she is the wind…"

she is the wind you never leave behind
black cat you killed in empty lot, she is
smell of the summer weeds, the one who lurks
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8.
Buddhist New Year Song

I saw you in green velvet, wide full sleeves
seated in front of a fireplace, our house
made somehow more gracious, and you said
"There are stars in your hair"— it was truth I
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9.
First Snow, Kerhonkson

for Alan
This, then, is the gift the world has given me
(you have given me)
softly the snow
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10.
Paracelsus:

Extract the juice which is itself a Light.

Pulp, manna, gentle
Theriasin, ergot
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