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Stay Home, Stay Stoned

Andrea Brady: Diane diPrima, 10 March 2022

Revolutionary Letters: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition 
by Diane diPrima.
City Lights, 213 pp., £13.99, September 2021, 978 0 9957162 6 1
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... The laws of hospitality are older than the laws of the United States of America!’ Diane diPrima shouted at the FBI agents who came to her cold-water apartment in Manhattan in 1956, looking for a young dissident writer from Yugoslavia. It was her first encounter with ‘the Big Reality that had undone so much of Hollywood, of New York ...

At the Centre Pompidou

Jeremy Harding: Beat Generation, 8 September 2016

... contains a fascinating interview with Joanne Kyger by Miles, and there’s a set of haiku by Diane diPrima on display, but that’s the extent of it for women. Women, Burroughs once explained to Ginsberg, only partly in jest, are bad news: ‘Steer clear of ’em. They got poison juices dripping all over ...

It’s me you gotta make happy

Andrea Brady: John Wieners, 29 July 2021

Yours Presently: The Selected Letters of John Wieners 
edited by Michael Seth Stewart.
New Mexico, 333 pp., £60, December 2020, 978 0 8263 6204 9
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... walls’. His friends did help. In between hospitalisations, he spent time in New York with Diane diPrima and Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones), and renewed his friendship with O’Hara, whom he had met in 1956 at the Cambridge Poets’ Theatre – O’Hara was acting in John Ashbery’s The Compromise, or Queen ...

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