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In the Evening There is Feeling Online: Reading Diane di Prima


Led by Head of Exhibitions Eoin Dara, In the Evening There is Feeling is DCA’s reading group. It takes its name from Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book Tender Buttons and focuses, in an informal and welcoming way, on feminist and queer texts from the worlds of art and literature.

This session will introduce and discuss some of the ideas contained within Diane di Prima’s incendiary collection of poems titled Revolutionary Letters

In 1968, Diane di Prima (1934 - 2020) began writing her revolutionary letters, a series of poems composed of a potent blend of utopian anarchism and ecological awareness, projected through an activist, feminist lens. The first of these poems were published and distributed by underground presses throughout the US and abroad. They were also employed as guerrilla theatre tactics, with the poet reciting the early poems from a flatbed truck in New York City and later performing them on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco.

These poems are written from the inside of an exploding planetary crisis, and they speak of harsh reckonings, intolerable realities and impossible choices. Sadly, they feel more relevant than ever in 2021, and can perhaps help us learn how to better care for one another and the world around us, as much as they helped their first readers over half a century ago. 

To join the conversation, book your place before 17:00 on Wed 17 March. We will then send you digital copies of the texts and details of the Zoom meeting – you’ll receive the email around an hour after booking (please note, this will arrive separately to your e-ticket). We will also send an audio recording of Eoin reading the first ten letters for those of you who may find it easier or more enjoyable to listen.