Mainline to the Heart

Mainline to the Heart Cover

Mainline to the Heart

And Other Poems

By Clive Matson; Erin Matson (Illustrator); Diane Di Prima (Afterword by)

Regent Press, Paperback, 9781587901393, 92pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

This new edition of Clive Matson's early poems includes all of Diane di Prima's "Poets Press" version and adds significant uncollected pieces from the same period.

At once obstreperous and innocent, these poems celebrate a place where emotion, sex, and religion come together with overwhelming intensity. In the fifties and sixties Beat Generation writers were revisiting this edgy, full-blooded romantic tradition and Matson joined the exploration with youthful energy. But the quest was fraught with tension.

About the Author
Eleanor Church was born in Yonkers, New York, was adopted right after birth and raised in a middle-class, Jewish home where education was of primary importance. She is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York and earned two master's degrees from Herbert H. Lehman College and Chapman College. She taught first grade for ten years in Westchester County, then moved to Carmel, California where she opened a gallery and later returned to teaching at a California men's correctional facility. On weekends she counseled couples, families, and individuals suffering from addiction. A Face Like Mine is the product of over twenty years of writing. Eleanor, now retired, writes short stories which have garnered her awards in a local newspaper. She currently lives in the Monterey area with her devoted dogs, Frapoochino and Cassie.

Diane is a poet, essayist and writer.