Diane di Prima has been writing poetry in San Francisco ever since the summer of 1968, when she arrived from New York. At 80, she continues to write newsy, visionary poetry. This month City Lights is publishing “The Poetry Deal,” a valentine for her adopted city and its citizens. If Jack Kerouac was the King of the Beats, di Prima is the queen, though she’s too much of a populist to wear a crown, and, as the mother of five children and four grandchildren, she’s rarely enjoyed the privileges accorded royalty.
Interview with poet Diane di Prima