Diane di Prima was one of the few female Beat writers, but she was just as prolific as her male contemporaries. Her writing style reflected the social upheavals of the day - like the other Beats, she dabbled in stream of consciousness and spontaneous prose, but gradually moved to more structured verse, like Haiku, published in 1967. She experimented heavily with form and diction to set herself apart from the male poets - exemplified in her epic poem, Loba. Her early texts focused heavily on political controversies and feminism; these subjects still served as a backdrop for her later poems , which turned to the politics of motherhood and family while also exploring Eastern traditions, alchemy, and mythology. She especially sought to reconsider definitions of her gender, often breaking away from female stereotypes in her writing and her life. Di Prima's publications are still beloved for their scintillating treatment of human relationships, both familial and romantic.
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Livingston, McKenzie, "Diane Di Prima" (2016). Beat Exhibit. 2.