Diane di Prima (1934-2020)

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          …we do it for
the stars over the Bronx
that they may look on earth
and not be ashamed.
–Diane Di Prima
from “April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa”

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I wanted to note the death of Diane Di Prima, a poet, social activist, Buddhist, and teacher.  A native New Yorker, she was a member of the Beat Poets, and moved to California in the 1960’s. I made this grid of the Bronx in April 2015, inspired by her poem, “April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa”.

Read an obituary with some wonderful videos of her reading here.

And here is a reading of the entire poem that inspired my grid.

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14 responses to “Diane di Prima (1934-2020)”

  1. robertawrites235681907 says :

    She sounds like a great woman, Kerfe.

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  2. msjadeli says :

    Wonderful poem, wonderful reading, and an inspirational artwork based on Ms. di Prima’s work. Sorry she’s gone from this place but sure she’s there, among the stars, smiling down on us all.


  3. memadtwo says :

    That’s beautiful. I will check her out. N.


  4. Jane Dougherty says :

    ‘we do it for the stars’ that is such an uplifting image. I’ll look her up. Same vintage as my mother.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing this, Kerfe. I wasn’t familiar with Diane di Prima until now.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. calmkate says :

    love your grid so bright and cheerful just like Diane … what a fascinating lady, much thanks for the intro!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jill Kuhn says :

    Glad to see you are still creating your beautiful grids!!

    Liked by 1 person

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