Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems. Diane di Prima.
Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems
Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems

Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems

ISBN: 0872862372
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1990. First Edition. Softcover. "Selected by the poet herself, this volume gathers together essential writing from (Diane di Prima's) various books as well as many new poems. Pieces of a Song adds up to more than the sum of its parts: it is a total melody of a woman's life lived in the articulation of her art." (from back cover) A comprehensive collection of major poems by Diane di Prima (1934-2020), among the primary- & one of the few female- original poets of the Beat Generation & Beyond. With a foreword (originally written & copyrighted in 1973) by the great Beat-Black Mountain-&-Beyond poet Robert Creeley, & a back-cover quote by Allen Ginsberg, Beat Founding Father; both di Prima's close friends & contemporary colleagues. It is worth quoting Ginsberg's laudatory statement: "Diane di Prima, revolutionary activist of the 1960s' Beat literary renaissance, heroic in life and poetics: a learned humorous bohemian, classically educated, and twentieth-century radical, her writing, informed by Buddhist equanimity, is exemplary in imagist, political and mystical modes. A great woman poet in second half of American century, she broke barriers of race-class identity, delivered a major body of verse brilliant in its particularity." Trade-format softcover original, first edition of 3000 copies printed during March 1990, with all points in Cook, No. 227, pgs. 258-260. A most collectible di Prima compilation. In fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching & creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; one mild, faint crease across length of spine; residue from sticker removal at small blank area at/ near right edge window of back cover; mild rubbing & occasional spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Fine. [Item #4315]

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