Editor: Ana Božičević
44 pages, softcover, saddle-stitch binding

Diane di Prima wrote The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D. in response to a colleague's request that she speak on H.D. and Hermetic Definition to students, mostly poets, in the New College Poetics Program in San Francisco. She charts H.D.'s poetic/personal mythology, and the influence of the poet's visioning work on the tropes and structures of her poetry, in this precious and direct address of one great seer to another. The lecture is available here for the first time, fully annotated by Ana Božičević in collaboration with the author.

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:



Collected in: Teaching Pedagogies / MethodologiesLost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

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