Diane Di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters represent an ongoing record of writing from the struggle for radical and unlimited form of political, intellectual and poetic change. Di Prima’s book points a way forward through a set of interventions, adjustments, recommendations, and calls to action that demand that we see our liberation in writing as well as in the street. After all, Di Prima writes, “…the best thing to do with a mimeograph is to drop it / from a five story window, on the head of a cop.” On May Day, 2017, the Poetry Project will host an evening of readings from Di Prima’s Letters and engagements in writing and performance that build from Diane’s truism: “THE ONLY WAR THAT MATTERS IS THE WAR AGAINST / THE IMAGINATION // ALL OTHER WARS ARE SUBSUMED IN IT.” Please feel free and encouraged to bring something to eat and/or drink to share with others.
Co-hosted by Iris Cushing and Judah Rubin, with readings by Marie Buck, Ken Chen, Devin Kenny, Mary Catherine Kinniburgh, Sade Murphy, Montana Ray, Kendra Sullivan, and Elizabeth Clark Wessel. Please feel free and encouraged to bring something to eat and/or drink to share with others.