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' Totem Press.

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Diane di Prima Poems

An Exercise in Love

for Jackson Allen
My friend wears my scarf at his waist
I give him moonstones
He gives me shell & seaweeds... more »

Song for Baby-O, Unborn

Sweetheart
when you break thru
you'll find... more »

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... more »

Diane di Prima Quotes

Comments about Diane di Prima

Kenneth Kelbaugh 06 Oct 2018 11:20
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......