[Diane Di Prima with poet Ted Joans, at The Poetry Project, St Mark's Church, New York City, 1994 - Photograph by Allen Ginsberg c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
[Diane di Prima and Allen Ginsberg]
The great poet-activist-wise-woman-scholar, Diane Di Prima is 80 years old today! -
Happy Birthday Diane!
She, in the past year, has been teaching a course (at the Bay Area Public School) - "The Dream of Pre-History"
From her catalog note: "This class explores the beginnings of what we call “human” - the fall of Neanderthal and the rise of Cro-Magnon culture - the beginnings, dominance, and eclipse of matriarchy - the double invasions of patriarchy and oligarchy - and the persistent dream of a non-hierarchical society"
"The dream of a non-hierarchical society" - a beautiful and pure dream, these past four-score years, (despite the increasing brutality of "patriarchy and oligarchy"), a dream she has unflinchingly and heroically pursued - and continues to pursue.
Her Recollections of My Life As A Woman is required reading.
Her poetry, for that matter, is (also) required reading
For earlier Diane Di Prima postings on The Allen Ginsberg Project, see our comprehensive posting - here
and a reading (from 1974, with Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman) - here
and (in Golden Gate Park) with Michael McClure
We'll conclude with her elegy for fellow cultural warrior, Amiri Baraka, published in the San Francisco Chronicle, on the occasion of his passing, last February
For Amiri Baraka
"Revolution/what matters/Revelation/what matters"..
Happy Birthday, Diane!