Revolutionary Letter #8 – Diane di Prima

Revolutionary Letter #8 – Diane di Prima

Everytime you pick the spot for a be-in

a demonstration, a march, a rally, you are choosing the ground

for a potential battle.

You are still calling these shots.

Pick your terrain with this in mind.

Remember the old gang rules:

stick to your neighborhood, don’t let them lure you

to Central Park everytime. I would hate

to stumble bloody out of that park to find help:

Central Park West, or Fifth Avenue, which would you



Go to love-ins

with incense, flowers, food and a plastic bag

with a damp cloth in it for tear gas, wear no jewelry

wear clothes you can move in easily, wear no glasses

contact lenses

earrings for pierced ears are especially hazardous


try to be clear

in front, what you will do if it comes

to trouble

if you’re going to try to split stay out of the center

don’t stampede or panic others

don’t waver between active and passive resistance

know your limitations, bear contempt

neither for yourself, nor any of your brothers


NO ONE WAY WORKS, it will take all of us

shoving at the thing from all sides

to bring it down