New York, NY: Serpent's Tail, 1997. First Edition. Softcover. Well, this is quite a collection--and it's an understatement to say (non-tokenistically, I'll add) that there is simply a ton of writing in here that the Beat Scholar / Beat Enthusiast should be aware of. It can be read as "historical," -- as in, parts regarding Elise Cowen are inseparable from understanding her role in the life of Allen Ginsberg and.....[Item #3843]
A Diane di Prima Memorial & More
This month at Third Mind Books, we honor the great Diane di Prima (1934-2020) with a diverse array of selections from her lifelong commitment to poetry. These include works of her own, as well as works by her many famous friends—some of which she published through her storied "Poet's Press" imprint ("Huncke's Journal" stands out, although there are many other publications that deserve recognition). In addition to these selections, we've included works by a panoply of friends-&-notables who Diane crossed paths with (and invariably influenced) during her groundbreaking, liberatory career & life in Letters.
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London, England: MacGibbon & Kee, 1965. First UK Edition. Hardcover. "This volume collects together some of the outstanding work of individual writers; collectively, they have enough drive and talent to alter the vision of America. If not for the better then at least for the truer." (from front flap) A now-classic anthology of (mostly) prose & poetry by some of the foremost members of the mid-20th century literary avant-garde, from.....[Item #3662]
San Francisco, CA: Intersection Theatre, 1975. First Printing. Single Sheet. Signed by Diane di Prima. A broadside-poster (approx. 10&1/2"x16&1/2") announcing the performance at the Intersection Theatre on Union Street (presumably in San Francisco) of Whale Honey, a poem/play by Diane di Prima, among the few female icons of the Beat Generation. References to music by John McDowell; sets by George Herms & performance dates during August (1975). Background collage illustration.....[Item #2030]
n/p: Unknown, 1976. First Printing. Single Sheet Framed. "Who is this crazy woman?/ Chomping on protein tablets/ writing w/ india ink/ in such a large book?" A broadside (appx. 13&3/4" x 14&1/8" incl. frame) with the title poem by Diane di Prima, among the few & foremost primary female members of the Beat Generation. A beautiful, bold hand-printed production with illustration (uncredited) of an opened traveler's suitcase out of which.....[Item #3772]
Minneapolis, MN: The Toothpaste Press, 1980. Limited First Edition. Single Sheet. Numbered & signed by Diane di Prima. A broadside (approx. 9&1/2"x13") "...printed on the occasion of the author's reading at Walker Art Center on November 6, 1980..." with a poem by Diane di Prima, among the scarce group of female writers who were members of the Beat Generation. Preceded by a suggestive quote by Thomas Vaughn (presumably a misspelling.....[Item #2032]
Madison, WI: The Wisconsin Institute for Intermedia Studies, n/d (circa 1980s). First Printing. Single Sheet. A broadside-poster (11"x17") announcing a reading by Diane di Prima, among the key female literary figures of the Beat Generation & beyond. The reading took place in Madison, Wisconsin under the auspices of the Wisconsin Institute for Intermedia Studies, with di Prima headlining "plus a spotlite on Madison poets." With reproduction of a well-known early.....[Item #2036]
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Foundation, 2014. First Printing. Softcover. "The Poetry Deal is the first volume of new poetry in decades from legendary feminist Beat poet, Diane di Prima. this collection provides a personal and political look at forty years of Bay Area culture, often elegiac in tone..."(from back cover) Issued as Vol. 5 of the San Francisco Poet Laureate Series published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's iconic City Lights imprint.....[Item #2012]
Berkeley, CA: Oyez, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. "In this book I have attempted to delineate the Western archetype by examining one of its most salient features: the creative writer. Abstracting from his personal achievement I treat him as a distinct species, a phenomenon spanning several generations of Western experience, to arrive as a late but authentic symbol in the pantheon of American images we have developed over our two centuries.....[Item #3356]
Buffalo, NY: Duncan McNaughton, 1970. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. This vintage literary journal, compiled & published by renowned poet Duncan McNaughton, features contributions by Michael McClure (the two-part poem "Tatagatha Valentines"); McNaughton himself (the short poem "Page for the Buddha of Right Motive"); Charles Olson (a short untitled poem dedicated to Bob Hogg dated October 23, 1967); Edward Sanders (the poem "The Barge of Charles Olson Down River by the.....[Item #2122]
New York, NY: Poet's Press, 1965. First Edition, First Printing. Softcover. This classic collection of stories from Beat Generation legend Herbert Huncke was published by Diane di Prima's "Poet's Press" in New York City in 1965. Di Prima was among the first to see the immense naturalistic talent of a writer like Huncke; his raw, gritty, unrelenting tales are replicated with an honesty that could be analogized to James Joyce's.....[Item #2953]
Kerhonkson, NY: The Poets Press, 1966. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. The first book of poetry by Clive Matson, the poet's-poet & acclaimed educator whose early career was highly influenced by the members of the original Beat Generation in the East Village of NYC; he was particularly close to Herbert Huncke. An exquisite production with handmade textured paper by Diane di Prima's Poets Press, an iconic collectible imprint. With an introduction.....[Item #2790]
New York, NY: Nadada, Inc., 1965. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. The second & last number of the exceedingly rare & significant literary-art journal edited & with contributions by Timothy Baum, Robert Cordier & Gerard Malanga, the esteemed poet & photographer who at the time of this issue was a key associate of Andy Warhol. Baum's specialty in his subsequent writing & curatorial career has been Dada & Surrealism, & this.....[Item #2828]