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    The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima is an impressionistic documentary and a story about poetry, rebellion, and artistic integrity. Poet, prose writer, playwright, teacher and revolutionary activist Diane di Prima started writing at the age of seven, ultimately becoming known as an important writer of the Beat movement. This lyrical and energetic film explores her life and work in a visually and narratively poetic film with rare intimate interviews.


Great review – “boundary-less joy” !!!

What a lovely review of “The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima!” “The opening sequence of The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima is ignited by the blurry breathless rush of di Prima reading her poem “What Morning Is” in voiceover as the prowling Super 8 camera captures the on-rushing black & white […]

Jan 29 2013 – Cornelia Street Café

DIANE DI PRIMA: IN FILM & WORDS & MUSIC Melanie La Rosa, Filmmaker | Melody Fader, pianist | James Navé, poet Cornelia Street Cafe Tuesday, Jan 29 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 29 Cornelia Street In an evening-long celebration of poetry and music, a screening of “The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di […]

March 7 2012 – Brooklyn Public Library @ 7 pm

Thanks to Barbara Henning and Jim Behrle for a great reading at Bk Public Library, and thanks to everyone who attended, and especially Meredith, who organized the Library’s events. It was a great crowd especially for the first warm, spring-like night of the year.  It was also a kind of homecoming, to bring the film […]

Oct. 19 2011 – Unnameable Books, Brooklyn

Three poets read with a screening of THE POETRY DEAL in one of Brooklyn’s finest bookstores: Ammiel Alcalay, Ana Bozicevic, Rachel Levitsky. Unnameable Books is a treasure of used and new books in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. This will be a special evening for poetry lovers and film fans.

Conference presentation

Screened THE POETRY DEAL at the national conference of the American Italian Historical Association this week, to a very knowledgeable and appreciative audience. It was a bit nerve-wracking to think about screening the film to a group of people who are very knowledgeable about Diane’s work and have known her for years. But the incredible […]