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ISBN-10: 1931404151
ISBN-13: 9781931404150
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 10/28/2014
Dimensions: 6.80" L, 4.90" W, 0.40" H

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The Poetry Deal

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The first full-length collection of new poems in decades from San Francisco’s groundbreaking feminist Beat poet.

The Poetry Deal shines with eros and kindness and the reality of inspiration. No American or Anarchist voice or soul-building heart has ever been more clear. The pages are fierce with love and generosity.–Michael McClure, author of Ghost Tantras

The Poetry Deal is fresh flame from a revolutionary fire that continues to burn. Every woman of every age should carry it in a purse with their pepper spray. Diane is the ultimate weapon.–Amber Tamblyn, author of Dark Sparkler

In her latest collection as San Francisco Poet Laureate, di Prima is again at the height of her powers, with ‘the act of writing itself more compelling than ever.’–Micah Ballard, author of Waifs and Strays

I return to this book again and again to remember what it means to own and further a poetic and political lineage.–Ana Bozicevic, author of Rise in the Fall

The Poetry Deal [is] an urgent success of the highest order . . . Diane di Prima should always be high on the American poetry play list.–Barbara Berman, The Rumpus

Recounting a life in poetry, her commitment to progressive thought and action, and a half-century of Bay Area culture, crises, and change, di Prima writes at the top of her game . . . di Prima recalls the time an institutionalized Ezra Pound told her that ‘poets have to eat’; rarely has a poet left so much bread on the table for future poets.–*Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

This is a volume that traverses the specific and reaches the universal. She marks her poems with great strength and utmost sensitivity. They are poems that live in real time; not cyberspace. di Prima’s poetry is well-lived and poetry worth living in. She is a gifted teacher enjoining the reader to face life’s lessons for the attendant dilemmas of old age. Carry this book with you. It will arm you with continuous insight and flaming provocation.”–Robert Sutherland-Cohen

Framed by two passionate, and critical, prose statements assessing her adopted home city, The Poetry Deal is a collection of poems that provide a personal and political look at forty years of Bay Area culture. Often elegiac in tone, the book captures the poet’s sense of loss as she chronicles the deaths of friends from the AIDS epidemic as well as the passing of illustrious countercultural colleagues like Philip Whalen, Pigpen from the Grateful Dead, and Kirby Doyle. She also recalls and mourns out-of-town inspirations like Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Audre Lorde, and Ezra Pound. Yet even as she laments the state of her city today, she finds triumph and solace in her own relationships, the marriages of her friends, the endurance of City Lights, and other symbols of San Francisco’s heritage.

Born in Brooklyn in 1934, Diane di Prima emerged as a member of the Beat Generation in New York in the late ’50s; in the early ’60s, she founded the important mimeo magazine The Floating Bear with her lover LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka). In the late ’60s, she moved to San Francisco, where she would publish her groundbreaking Revolutionary Letters (1971) with City Lights. Her other important books include Memoirs of a Beatnik, Pieces of a Dream, Recollections of My Life as a Woman, and Loba. She was named San Francisco Poet Laureate in 2009.

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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 naïve 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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ISBN-10: 1931404151
ISBN-13: 9781931404150
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 10/28/2014
Dimensions: 6.80" L, 4.90" W, 0.40" H
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