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poems are angels
a solo reading by
Diane di Prima
Saturday, March 1st, 6:30 p.m.
second of two readings
by popular demand!
reservations required–
call the bookshop!

For this fundraising evening to help poet Diane di Prima meet some of her ongoing medical expenses, she will read work from a recent collection,entitled “Poems Are Angels” and we’ll also offer for sale a limited edition broadside produced for the evening as well as several pieces of her art.  Diane will also read some poems at random from the notebooks she fills while at concerts and readings, stimulated by the moment and the surroundings — these are the journals she identifies by their covers… the black notebook, the cork notebook, and so on.

Diane’s February 1st event sold out!  However, Diane has agreed to read again one month later – on Saturday, March 1st – so reserve now. All of the seats and much of the available standing room has already been reserved by folks who couldn’t squeeze into Diane’s first reading, so call now if you want to get one of the remaining standing room reservations ($15) for the March 1st event.  Once you have a reservation, we should receive your payment by check or cash before February 15.  Please, no credit cards!

Tickets are $25 for the twenty available seats and $15 for standing room.  We can only accommodate 45-50 people in our small bookshop, so please reserve a space now if you’d like to attend.

If you are in a position to write a larger check, we thank you very much.  As noted, a variety of pieces of Diane’s artwork and perhaps other ephemera will also be available for purchase.  You are welcome to donate pieces of her work for sale.  Please contact us at the bookshop to discuss that possibility.

Diane has had a few tough years, but is doing quite well now– thanks largely to a clear diagnosis of Parkinson’s which has helped her be able to deal appropriately with her challenges.  Her energy is clearly much restored, and we anticipate many years of the fierce engagement she has always brought to her work and her life.

We’re lucky to have had the 60-plus years she has dedicated to her writing and all her related lifework.  And we look forward to all that she has yet to teach us.  Come celebrate & lend a hand.

Diane on pianodiPrimaMemoirs2Diane and LeRoidiane


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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