Today, beat-ish scribe Diane di Prima was named the fifth Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Here she is back in the day reading something she wrote. Di Prima is wearing a lovely white, lace blouse, successfully capturing a natural, casual insouciance we don't see nearly enough of these days. A west coast-Ralph Lauren-stoned on the compound look, if you will. That is to say, she looks stunning.

She follows other SF poet laureates Jack Hirschman, Janice Mirikitani, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and capitalphobic devorah major.

Read more about Diane di Prima, right here.

You can listen to her read and answer your questions at “Taking Dictation" at the Excelsior Branch Library on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m.