Gavin Newsom Names San Francisco Poet Laureate #5: Diane di Prima

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Librarian Luis Herrera honored Poet, Prose Writer, Playwright and Teacher Diane di Prima today at the recently refurbished Richmond Branch Library on 9th Avenue. She is now officially the fifth San Francisco Poet Laureate.

The mise en scene – our new old Carnegie Library at 361 9th Avenue betwixt Geary blvd. and Clement. FYI, the Grand Re-Opening is tomorrow at 1:00 PM. Click to expand:

The San Francisco Poet Laureate program was started up by former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown. Others so honored over the years have been Jack Hirschman, Janice Mirikitani, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and devorah major.

Reading Rant from Pieces of a Song: “The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All other wars are subsumed in it.”

Some of Ms di Prima’s original paperbacks are quite pricey these days. Here’s what’s she’s been up to:

A bibliography

This Kind of Bird Flies Backward, Totem Press, New York, 1958
Various Fables from Various Places, (editor), G.P. Putnam, New York, 1960
Dinners and Nightmares, Corinth Press, New York, 1961
The New Handbook of Heaven, Auerhahn Press, San Francisco, 1962
The Man Condemned to Death, (translator), no press listed, New York, 1963
Poets’ Vaudeville, Feed Folly Press, New York, 1964
Seven Love Poems from the Middle Latin, Poets Press, 1965
Haiku, Love Press, Topanga, CA, 1966
New Mexico Poem, Poets Press, New York, 1967
Earthsong, Poets Press, New York, 1968
Hotel Albert, Poets Press, New York, 1968
War Poems (editor), Poets Press, New York, 1968
Memoirs of a Beatnik, Olympia Press, Paris and New York, 1969
L.A. Odyssey, Poets Press, San Francisco, 1969
The Book of Hours, Brownstone Press, New York 1970
Kerhonkson Journal, Oyez, Berkeley, 1971
Revolutionary Letters, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1971, 1974, 1979
The Calculus of Variation, Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 1972
Loba, Part I, Capra Press, Santa Barbara, 1973
The Floating Bear: a Newsletter (editor), Laurence McGilvery, La Jolla, 1973
Freddie Poems, Eidolon Editions, Point Reyes, 1974
Brass Burnace Going Out, Pulp artforms-Intrepid Press, Buffalo, 1975
Selected Poems: 1956-1975, North Atlantic Books, Plainfield, VT, 1975
Loba, Part II, Eidolon Editions, Point Reyes, 1976
The Loba As Eve, The Phoenix Book Shop, New York, 1977
Selected Poems: 1956-1976, North Atlantic Books, Plainfield, VT 1977
Loba: Parts 1 – 8,  [Book I] Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1978
Memoirs of a Beatnik (revised), Last Gasp Press, San Francisco, 1988
Wyoming Series, Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 1988
The Mysteries of Vision, Am Here Books, Santa Barbara, 1988
Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1990
Seminary Poems, Floating Island, Point Reyes, 1991
The Mask Is the Path of the Star, Thinker Review Internatl, Louisville, 1993
Loba, [Parts 1 – 16, Books I & II] Penguin, New York, 1998
Dinners and Nightmares [expanded edition], Last Gasp, 1998
Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, Viking, NY 2001
Fun with Forms [ltd. ed.] Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 2001
Towers Down (with Clive Matson) Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 2002
The Ones I Used to Laugh With, Habenicht Press, San Francisco 2003
TimeBomb, Eidolon Editions, San Francisco, 2006

Look for Diane at the Excelsior Branch Library in Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM for an “informal talk/ reading” called “Taking Dictation.” 

And a more formal inauguration of her new title is forthcoming.

Congratulations Diane di Prima!

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