Diane Di Prima – American Poetry and the Beat Movement from a Female Perspective

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Diane Di Prima – American Poetry and the Beat Movement from a Female Perspective

Diane Di Prima is perhaps the most well-known female poet of the Beat Literary movement. She discussed how she decided at age fourteen to dedicate her life to poetry, how she first came upon the work of the founding members of the Beat movement, and her difficult path as a woman writer in the 1950s.

Part 1 (24:15)

Part 2 (22:00)

Date Aired: 11/28/99

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger.) He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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