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Bob Arnold of Longhouse has passed along the information that Diane di Prima is in dire need of help with medical bills. Here is information from Michael McClure:
Diane is suffering with several painful and even life-threatening illnesses, including removal of all teeth, arthritis from her earlier back operation, extreme problems with glaucoma and a needed operation; but that’s just the top of the list. Despite all, she is in unexpectedly fine spirits. If you know of any way to help her, she would appreciate it and I would also.
This post from The Poetry Foundation gives more information. A webpage has been set up on Giving Forward to make donations for Diane. I've dug deep to help out; Diane has been so incredibly generous with her work in tiny Lilliput Review. We all know how badly the healthcare system is broken and how well the profession of poetry pays. As of this writing, in a short amount of time, over $15,000 has been raised of the projected goal of $20,000. Even as a few bucks is a big help.
If you can help, please do. Thanks for taking the time.
got in & now it's not so easy
to get out, huh, Bee?
Same for you as for me.
Diane di Prima
(from Seminary Poems)
for the poor
there's not a spring
translated by David G. Lanoue
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