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INAUGURAL ADDRESS AT KORET AUDITORIUM
THE POETRY DEAL
CITY LIGHTS 1961
FOR PIGPEN
MISSING THE GRATEFUL DEAD
FILLMORE & HAYES
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DEATHS: PHILIP WHALEN
A SHORT HISTORY OF BYZANTIUM
ALCHEMICAL SIGNALS
LINGUISTICS
NOVEMBER 2, 1972
OCTOBER
I DREAM OF AMY EVANS AND MICHAEL MCCLURE
WISTERIA LIGHT
FOG: SAN FRANCISCO
POSTCARD FROM MARSHALL, CA
LOT'S WIFE DOESN'T HAVE
KIRBY DOYLE
ON THE TRAIN
at least the Bay Bridge snapped
ESCAPES
FOR A STUDENT
DOMINIQUE
MAX ERNST IN SUBURBIA
GERI'S GARDEN
GRACIAS
CLEARING THE DESK
NOTES ON THE ART OF MEMORY
MEMORIAL DAY
SUNDAY MORNING SAUNA, SAN FRANCISCO
MEANWHILE THE WORLD GOES DOWN
WAR HAIKU: LEBANON
MAY-DANCE 2011
& ABOUT OBAMA
HAITI, CHILE, TIBET
CARTOGRAPHY
THE POETRY READING
in jazz in poetry
KEEP THE BEAT
SHIRLEY HORNE AT YOSHI'S
tender not fragile
the Phoenix is
AUDRE LORDE
the light, the splintered
FOR SHEPPARD
wind chime sends ripples
THE LAMA
THREE DHARMA POEMS
HEALING SPELL FOR MOUSE
A FAREWELL RITE
ZORON, YOUR DEATH
WHERE ARE YOU
my dream from last night
TRAVEL POEM FOR SHEP
EYE CLINIC WAITING ROOM
OLD AGE
SOME WORDS ABOUT THE POEM

Promotional Information

  • Galleys available by request

  • National print campaign:
    Send advance copies to the following publications: NY Times, NY Newsday, The Believer, Bookforum, Bomb, Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi, Chicago Review, American Book Review, Poetry Magazine, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Bloomsbury Review, LA Times, as well as other poetry/lit publications.

    Regional interest: East Bay Express, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, SF Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, 7x7, San Francisco Magazine, Poetry Flash

    Women's media: Elle, Vogue, Bust, and more

    Trades: Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal

  • Online & Social Media Campaign:
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  • Excerpts in: Will pursue Zyzzyva, Eleven/Eleven Journal

  • Blurbs forthcoming from: Michael McClure, David Meltzer and Micah Ballard
  • About the Author

    Diane di Prima was born in Brooklyn in 1934. She emerged as a member of the Beat Generation in the late '50s, associating with poets like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Frank O'Hara, and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka). With Jones, she started the mimeo mag The Floating Bear in the early '60s. She also co-founded the New York Poets Theatre and Poets Press. In the late '60s, she moved to San Francisco, where she published her groundbreaking Revolutionary Letters with City Lights and wrote her erotic novel Memoirs of a Beatnik. She taught for many years at Naropa and at New College of San Francisco. Her other important publications include the long poem Loba, the selected Pieces of a Song, and the memoir Recollections of My Life as a Woman. She was named San Francisco Poet Laureate in 2009.

    Reviews

    "As San Francisco goes through the drastic changes ushered in by the booming tech economy, here comes a collection of new poems from one of the city's cultural stalwarts--her first full-length book in decades. A feminist and an early member of the Beats, di Prima reflects on her life in the Bay Area in what her publisher calls an 'often elegiac' work. The 80-year-old former San Francisco Poet Laureate notes what has been lost in the city she's called home since the '60s, but also celebrates what endures."--Oscar Villalon, KQED Books "From her early days as a member of the Beat generation in the 1950s to her selection as San Francisco poet laureate in 2009, Diane di Prima has been essential to the Bay Area literary scene. This slim volume of new works finds her still pursuing the personal and political interests that have shaped her career. Framed by two prose statements reflecting on San Francisco, the poems chronicle love and loss, war and AIDS, and remembrances of fellow writers, poets and thinkers."--Georgia Rowe, Bay Area News Group "A prolific writer generally associated with the Beat Generation, di Prima deserves wider recognition."--Library Journal "She is not about to be regarded merely as a literary figurehead, but as an ongoing contributor to the arts--a presence whose voice continues to positively impact those who listen, as it has for the last half-century."--Verbicide Magazine "The Poetry Deal is di Prima's first full-length book of new poems in decades. It includes poignant pieces about loss and aging, as well as impassioned political verse and odes to such diverse figures as the Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Caribbean-American writer and activist Audre Lorde."--Andrea Miller, Shambhala Sun " ... di Prima's concerns transcend her own condition and do the broader work of poetry, which 'constantly renews our seeing: so we can speak the constantly changing Truth' ... Neither naive nor jaded, di Prima continues to write what she sees and to encourage our attention."--Marla Johnson, World Literature Today "From 2008 to 2011, Diane di Prima served as Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and The Poetry Deal, her first full-length collection of poems in nearly fifteen years, is her gift to us... More than anything it is generous, and I am so grateful for the generosity of this book and for this poet, who reminds us that, even in our desperate grasping, there is 'no season / that is not / a Season of Song...'"--Maryam Parhizkar, The Poetry Project Newsletter

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