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You’ve Got till 12/20 to Acknowledge the Power of Diane di Prima with the Help of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

By Harriet Staff


You know we’re all on the make to help out the beloved Diane di Prima with near-constant incurring healthcare costs–here’s a plea we mentioned from Amber Tamblyn and Just Buffalo not too long ago. Another drive from the inimitable CUNY Graduate Center’s Lost & Found Series is going strong–they are donating all proceeds of The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative to her recovery. You have two days to donate (and get amazing books)! The details:

Dear Friends of Lost & Found,

Diane di Prima, beloved poet, finds herself facing medical expenses that have proven insurmountable. Writer, teacher, revolutionary, friend: di Prima has been essential to our efforts here at Lost & Found. We’d like to acknowledge the power of Diane by donating all proceeds of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative purchased through December 20th toward her recovery.

Please help by:

Purchasing sets here.

Please note that you can also visit Diane’s donation page and donate directly.

Diane di Prima is a major poet whose work spans from the 1950s to the present. She has written dozens of books including Memoirs of a Beatnik, Recollections of My Life As A Woman, Revolutionary Letters, and the on-going epic poem Loba. She was recently Poet Laureate of San Francisco and the subject of a film by Melanie La Rosa. Diane has one of the core faculty of the great and innovative New College Poetics Program in San Francisco, and also one of the original founding members of the Kerouac School at Naropa University, with Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. She has taught many generations of poets.

More on the Lost & Found series:

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative publishes original research and extra-poetic work (correspondences, journals, critical prose), based on primary sources and related to figures central to or associated with the New American Poetry.

To date, Lost & Found has published chapbooks by Amiri Baraka, Edward Dorn, Diane di Prima, Jack Spicer, Lorine Niedecker, Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, Langston Hughes, Joanne Kyger, John Wieners, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Muriel Rukeyser, Robert Creeley, Nancy Cunard, Louise Thompson, Phillip Whalen, Margaret Randall, Micheal Rumaker and more.

We’re excited to share with you the new titles published in Series III:

Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard & Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics & Friendship in the Spanish Civil War
Lorine Niedecker:Homemade Poems
John Wieners & Charles Olson: Selected Correspondence (Parts I & II)
Diane di Prima: Charles Olson Memorial Lecture
Edward Dorn: The Olson Memorial Lectures
Michael Rumaker: Selected Letters
Letters to & from Joanne Kyger

For more on the Lost & Found series from us, check out our interview with editors Ammiel Alcalay and Ana Bozičević; and reviews from John Latta here and here.

Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.