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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867196602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867196603
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kara M. Jones on January 16, 2005
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Ranging from cutting political literalness to heart-bending humanness, these letters comprise a solid coming-of-age volume. Their greatest power comes from a question that recurs in different forms throughout: Why Not? Why not stop driving and plant flowers in cars? Why not love like crazy? Why not live your visions? Even though I now more frequently read the likes of Mary Oliver, it is this spirit of *everything as raw potential* that I so admire in Di Prima.

It is definitely a timepiece, infused with the energy of a 1960's-formed consciousness (that speaks against nuclear weapons, deforestation, police brutality, capitalism, and of course touts revolution, with touches of eastern philosophy), but a timepiece that stands vibrant. The issues Di Prima addresses are still relevant today, though it is harder to see them through the eyes of clear hope with which she writes. But again, therein lies her power.

Additionally, as one of the few published female poets emerging with the beatniks, I think it is important to give her lines a read. Yes, she can pound out that characteristic beatnik rant (though she never goes on to the extent of Ginsberg), but she can also sing a soft pulse that de-cynifies the imagination, reminds us of the dream at the heart of dreams, and revels in Life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Every thing on December 22, 2010
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A copy of this book, thread bare, worn...sat in my outhouse as a provoker of thoughts for years and years and years...it was time to get it again.

I love Diane DiPrima.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By American Beat on February 11, 2013
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DrPrima wrote politically charged poems railing against conformity and the efforts of an out of control government to silence all opposing views. In that respect, her poems are as applicable today as they were when first written.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josie Poetess on May 3, 2013
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This is a powerful book of poems that ignite the human soul and aspire us all to look inside for the any kind of true revolution. I particularly like the poem "Rant." I would say that I admire and connect with this book much more than most of the male Beat poets that I have read.
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