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Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years pdf Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, ebook Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, epub Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, doc Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, e-pub Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years fd7210b5eaa In Recollections Of My Life As A Woman, Diane Di Prima Explores The First Three Decades Of Her Extraordinary Life Born Into A Conservative Italian American Family, Di Prima Grew Up In Brooklyn But Broke Away From Her Roots To Follow Through On A Lifelong Commitment To Become A Poet, First Made When She Was In High School Immersing Herself In Manhattan S Early S Bohemia, Di Prima Quickly Emerged As A Renowned Poet, An Influential Editor, And A Single Mother At A Time When This Was Unheard Of Vividly Chronicling The Intense, Creative Cauldron Of Those Years, She Recounts Her Revolutionary Relationships And Sexuality, And How Her Experimentation Led Her To Define Herself As A Woman What Emerges Is A Fascinating Narrative About The Courage And Triumph Of The Imagination, And How One Woman Discovered Her Role In The World


10 thoughts on “Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years

  1. says:

    This is an exhausting chronicle of an iconoclastic woman who has made a life in art Diane di Prima, born in the thirties in New York, writes poetry and plays directs and acts in avant garde theater productions lives in pad does drugs has babies cavorts with jazz musicians and has written it all down This all began in the 1950 s in New York She was, what I think they used to call a beatnik and her depiction of the life is sort of what I imagined it would be when I wanted to be a beatnik The way she chose to live her life required unimaginable guts and I have to admire her tenacity to be who she wanted to be I don t think I have ever read a better description of a cold water flat which was also my dream abode when I wanted to be a beatnik Thank heavens I never lived in one, because the rats would have bothered me, plus the bathtub in the kitchen I am too straight to have ever been comfortable in the chaos of that world And, maybe because I am old now, I can t imagine living without knowing where the rent was coming from It was a creative and free time though, and reading about having coffee at midnight in a bookstore, and wandering the New York streets with no real purpose in mind, sometimes high, fascinates my small town perspective It was all very untidy though, and the crash pad texture of most of her living arrangements make it hard for me to imagine how anyone ever got a thing done Plus, her nonchalance about babysitters and being away from her kids at all hours and seemingly without many regrets, astounds me But, di Prima did get things done and her world was a boiling cauldron of creativity She knew dancers and theater people and writers, some of whom we have all heard of RECOLLECTIONS is 424 pages long and near the end, di Prima gives in to Buddhist meditations and spirituality What some people would have turned into a debacle of a life di Prima has instead turned into a readable and energetic memoir And, honestly, she is an inspiration and model for unfetterd WOMANHOOD


  2. says:

    It s difficult to enjoy a memoir when you can t get over your increasing dislike for the author who you knew nothing about prior to reading and sort of wish you still knew nothing about I liked the bits with descriptions of projects and the intricacies of the Beat movement and living in New York in the early 60s Unfortunately, to get these I had to struggle through passages full of improbable crystal clear memories of being an adult in a three year old s body, not to mention paragraph after paragraph dedicated to recounting the author s uncontrollable urge to procreate over, and over, and over, and over, and over again one over for each child Then there s the whole marrying an abusive, mentally ill gay man I hate just because thing I m not exactly sure how any of this qualifies di Prima as an inspirational feminist to be looked up to Is it because she was the only female writer there that she automatically gets that utterly undeserved epithet


  3. says:

    Certain times, certain epochs, live on in the imagination as than what they actually were, and there is always a price to pay for them They are, if you look close, times when the boundary between mythology and everyday life is blurred The archetypes break out of prison, as it were, and by some collective consent we or many of us, simply choose a myth and live it, heedless of the restrictions of the so called real world Or we are somehow chosen by the myth we were born to live Sometimes with deadly rapidity This meeting of world and myth is where we all thought we were going Where we thought we wanted to be it was so beautiful Vivid, bright, and deadly, like some tropical flowers Not human Not cut to our measure But we we couldn t see that Thought we were gods


  4. says:

    My dad saw I was reading this book and he asked, Diane di Prima, wasn t she somebody s girlfriend She may have had an affair with LeRoi Jones, but no way was she just somebody s girlfriend The book details her life and struggles as an independent woman and writer The Beat Generation was mostly a boy s club, but di Prima was definitely a part, and not just somebody s chick.The book is long, but she fully conveys what it was like to be a woman writer iconoclast in the decades she writes about And she also gives lovely descriptions of things such as the makeshift theater group she was a part of and how she printed her work And I love her for her adolescent vow to become a poet, a vow to Keats This book reminded me of Patti Smith s Just Kids, in the way that it showed a strong woman s role in a creative generation And di Prima s relationship with her best friend Freddie Herko reminded me of Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe Di Prima is much opinionated, and she likes to talk about magick and truth a lot Her book lags in some parts, but it is definitely worth a read Also I kind of wish I could be buddies with her crowd, especially Frank O Hara I now know that he was a very supportive friend.Who knew


  5. says:

    What I saw then was this fairly obvious faculty of art that it goes on, it lasts a bit longer than our frail human lives it offers comfort The vision is enduring than our persons it uplifts us past the vicissitudes of time, uplifts till it, too, is done or forgotten ten years, five hundred years It is the working of our loving hearts, burrowing out of us into the light of day Like Bodhisattvas we bring this liberation, this solace to each other when we are simply ambitious working for fame, as Keats once thought he was doing Working for money or glory What we are left with is finally what we leave this reaching out to touch, to comfort others To make the world beatable, possible at all p108 It was about this time I made what I thought of as my decision not to be beautiful What I meant to do was never rely on beauty No easy commerce between myself and love Myself and sex p114 116


  6. says:

    Compelling memoir of di Prima s experience growing up in Italian New York City and as a crucial figure in the downtown beat avant grade art scene of the late 50s and early mid 60s Her fierce commitment to independence psychological, social, political, aesthetic and to her artistic vocation are inspirational Her life was complicated and she s clear about the fact that she made some mistakes witness her relationships with Leroi Jones and Alan Matlow but that was the price of the ticket Anyone seriously interested in the artistic world of the 50s and 60s should read this book.I m very much hoping there s a sequel on the way.


  7. says:

    I thought she was pretty annoying, but what do I know.


  8. says:

    I loved the hell out of this book when I was 15, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was still awesome when it came back from a years long loan to a friend.


  9. says:

    Have had this book on my to read list for a number of years since purchasing it in CityLights books in San Francisco several years ago Diane DiPrima was part of the Beat movement and ahead of her time, but reading her memoir now also makes one realize how time has changed women Her desire to be a poet and a mother was unheard of in the late 50 s and early 60 s, but much of her desire to be a mother and eventually marry a gay man whom she doesn t even like is disturbing from a modern perspective However, this memoir does reveal a long lost New York.where creative types could live cheaply and engage in the arts, however avant garde.


  10. says:

    A magical memoir full of gorgeous detail, badass queer womanhood, femininity often essentialist, ugh , and poetry poetry poetry The perfect culmination, to me, of spirituality and poetry Very inspiring for anyone seeking a change in life.


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