A collection of poetry dedicated to the poet’s close friend and associate LeRoi Jones [Imamu Amiri Baraka], which she coedited The Floating Bear with. A reprint of the original edition that was issued from Auerhahn Press in 1963.
One of the most influential people in Diane di Prima’s life was her grandfather, Domenico Mallozi, a writer for the anarchist newspaper ‘Il Martello (The Hammer)’ on New York City’s Lower East Side. His granddaughter followed in his footsteps, both as a writer and as an activist and internationalist, during the 1960s co-founding the New York Poets Theatre (which from 1961 to 1965 produced one-act plays by poets, with sets and decorations by a variety of artists), co-editing ‘The Floating Bear’ with LeRoi Jones [Imamu Amiri Baraka], and serving as a contributing editor to both ‘Yugen’ and ‘Kulchur’. From her apartment at 54 East Fourth Street in New York, and later from Kerhonkson in upstate New York, she ran the Poets Press. About its beginnings, she is characteristically to the point: “I bought a Davidson 241 and put it in a store-front… I went to ‘printing school’ for a week and learned how to run the machine (I was the only woman in the class), and I got on with it.” Poets Press published nearly thirty books of Audre Lorde, Jay Wright, and David Henderson, and works by Herbert Hence and Michael McClure. Di Prima lived in Timothy Leary’s psychedelic community in Millbrook, New York for six months in 1966-1967 and published Leary’s ‘Psychedelic Prayers’ in 1966. John Ashbery’s ‘Three Madrigals’ was published in holograph reproduction in 1968. Di Prima moved in 1968 to the West Coast, where she continues her active involvement in poetry, publishing, and antiwar and ecological projects. She has taught in the Poetics Program at the New College of San Francisco and founded the San Francisco Institute of Magical and Healing Arts. — ‘A Secret Location on the Lower East Side. Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980’, edited by Steven Clay and Rodney Phillips, p.89.
New York: The Poets Press, 1963.
Second printing 12mo (17.8 × 12 cm) Softcover Unpaginated [48 pp] Texts in English Printed wrappers. Saddle-stapled bound. Illustrated in b/w throughout.
Near fine. Some sunning on wrappers. Internally fine. Item ID: 2068.