Monday, April 23, 2012


Diane di Prima

"Poet Laureate of San Franscisco and feminist revolutionary icon Diane Di Prima has inspired so many of us for over 50 years, whether we know it or not. She was one of the only women of the Beat Generation and was instrumental in shaping the way we view gender based politics. She was homies with Ezra Pound! She has published over 4 dozen books of poetry! She is the mother of 5 children!!

Diane is undergoing a series of painful and difficult surgeries, including having all her teeth removed. Without going into any more details, let's talk about what we can do for a woman who did so much for the advancement of women. If you or someone you know has been inspired by Diane personally or by her large body of work over the last 50 years, please donate anything you can to help her get through this intensely difficult time and the many operations that she is about to go through. Your donation will go towards rehabilitation and medical costs."


photo : bill wilson


Conrad DiDiodato said...


thanks for bringing this to our attention. She is a national treasure and I will help. And goddamm a run-for-profit American healthcare system that lets its most prized, most creative citizens suffer these indignities.

I feel sad and angry.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Great comment, Conrad! and thank you for seizing the time.

The American health care system, the American environmental movement, the American banking system, American politics, and ten more "Americans" anyone else is free to list here with me, or for me, is in serious trouble, owned by an American Pie mentality. It's beyond help. It all day argues with itself.

In the 60s Diane di Prima was for me the truest and boldest and freest sort of individual, woman, and poet. She wrote, she loved, she published, she printed others, she swung, she danced, she was in with the guys (Beats), she was with women activists, she was a feminist, she was a mother, she was alive. Truly alive. And it's never let-up. A Collected Poems so long ago now already and she's lived many lives to have more and more Collected Poems in the works. Something's gotta give.

all's well, Bob

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Thanks for this. I've passed on via Facebook, made a contribution, and will reblog.

Diane was very generous with her work for a tiny mag not Lilliput. A wonderful poet.


Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Right with you, Don.

Many thanks, always, for your extending reach.

all's well, Bob