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Diane di Prima: R.D.’s H.D.

Editor: Ammiel Alcalay
42 pages, softcover, saddle-stitch binding

R.D.'s H.D. is an extraordinarily moving homage to a dear friend and a deep influence, as well as an illustration of a unique methodological approach to poetics. It was given as part of a series of lectures dedicated to Robert Duncan and organized by Aaron Shurin, poet and former student of Duncan's at New College in San Francisco. Published here for the first time with an Afterword and exhaustive biographical notes by Ammiel Alcalay, the volume offers an overview of lineages that defined a generation.

Author Biography:

DIANE DI PRIMA is one of a handful of poets left whose work, experiences, and friendships span the full range of what has been most vital in post Second World War North American literature, yet her place in our literary and cultural history has barely begun to be delineated. She is the author of more than 40 books, including This Kind of Bird Flies Backwards, Loba, Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems, Dinners and Nightmares, Memoirs of a Beatnik, and Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years. Co-founder of The Floating Bear, Poets Press and the New York Poets Theatre, she was one of the core faculty in the Poetics Program at New College. She has been Poet Laureate of San Francisco and continues to live there.

Selected Archives:

  • Personal Archives (Diane di Prima, Duncan McNaughton, Aaron Shurin)

Collected in: Teaching Pedagogies / Methodologies