In his New Yorker story about on a family tugboat pilots, Burkhard Bilger, among other things profiles a sweet kinship between Allen, Peter Orlovsky and the boat pilot, Latham Smith. Their digital edition even features a fun little super 8 film of them taking the boat for a spin. Thanks again to Steve Silberman for catching this one! We’re trying to locate Orlovsky’s poem the reference, but so far no luck. Doesn’t seem to be in Clean A**hole Poems.
“In a Super 8 film of the sea trial, Allen Ginsberg is along for the ride, the wind tossing his already tousled hair. He and his partner, Peter Orlovsky, had become fascinated by the tug—Orlovsky had even written a poem about it—and Latham, for all his suspicions of Eastern intellectuals, had taken to Ginsberg as well.” Read more >>
Elsewhere, here’s James Franco discussing memorizing “Howl” for the film.