Kinniburgh, M.C., ed. and Diane di Prima.

The Catalog of the Diane di Prima Occult Library.

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TKS Books, 2023. Item #3508

10 x 6 in. comb-bound book, 64 pp., with holographic gold cardstock cover. Cover image by Zoe Kudrnac.

Several years in the making, this catalog contains introductory essay, photographs, and complete bibliography of poet Diane di Prima's occult library—a collection she alludes to her memoir, Recollections of My Life as a Woman.

The library contains numerous themes that appeared in di Prima's poetry, including alchemy, medieval mysticism, premodern history, the Kabbalah, Aleister Crowley, psychedelics, crystal healing, and more. Many of the books were inscribed by friends or annotated with reading notes by di Prima, which the bibliography notes.

The occult library was recently placed by Granary Books at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This is from the second printing, printed in black and white in an edition of 55 copies. There is a low-res PDF version available at no cost.

This publication by TKS Books is part of Lost & Found Elsewhere, a unique series of book-length projects emerging from the research of Lost & Found editors. Working in partnership with select publishers, these books bring to light unpublished or long unavailable materials that have emerged alongside or as part of Lost & Found initiatives in archives across the country.



Collected in: Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

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