Fare thee well dear Peter

[Peter Orlovsky, Clean Asshole Poems and Smiling Vegetable Songs, Northern Lights Edition, Orono ME, 1993. Cover image: Elsa Dorfman]

Snail Poem

Make my grave shape of heart so like a flower be free aired and handsome felt. Grave root pillow, tung up from grave & wigle at blown up clowd. Ear turnes close to underlayer of green felt moss & sound of rain dribble thru this layer down to the roots that will tickle my ear. Hay grave, my toes need cutting so file away in sound curve or Garbage grave, way above my head, blood will soon trickle … Read More

Peter Orlovksy in Vermont

[Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg’s office, 437 East 12th St. New York City, 1984. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

  Peter managed to recover from a close call with pneumonia and was able to travel to the hospice outside Burlington, VT on Thursday. With only one functioning lung, he’s not in great shape by any stretch, but is in much better spirits & in a much more comfortable environment.… Read More

Peter Orlovsky


[Peter Orlovsky, returned to New York from India, Avenue C and 5th Street, September 1963. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Word has just reached us that Peter Orlovsky, Allen’s lifetime companion, who has been battling lung cancer these past few months, has taken a serious turn for the worse and his condition is unstable and rapidly deteriorating. His right lung is basically not functioning and he has developed pneumonia. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. More news to follow.

Waylon Lewis at Elephant Journal has assembled a decent mix of images and video clips of Peter over the years … Read More

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

letters First review of Jack Kerouac & Allen Ginsberg: The Letters is in. This from Publishers Weekly who usually get out the first reviews. The book is set for a July 12 pub date.

“Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford, Viking, $35 (528p) ISBN 978-0-670-02194-9

At times loving, at others blistering, sarcastic, often uncomfortably self-lacerating and intimate, these 200 letters, collected in a heroic editorial effort by Ginsberg biographer Morgan and independent editor Stanford, cover the years 1944–1963, the most fertile in the creative lives of Kerouac and Ginsberg. A disbelieving Ginsberg writes … Read More

Tracing Neal Cassady’s last footsteps in San Miguel de Allende

[San Miguel de Allende. Photo: Eneas via Flickr, Creative Commons]

Neal Cassady died in the middle of the night alongside the railroad tracks on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende after leaving a party. It’s been said that he died of exposure, but the cause of death was never quite determined. Here’s an intriguing read by novelist Peter Ferry exploring Neal Cassady’s connection with that central Mexican town long after he passed away.

Searching for Neal Cassady in San Miguel de Allende

Travel Stories: Novelist Peter Ferry hunts down the ghost of the beatnik legend who inspired Kerouac, Ginsberg … Read More

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg May 2–September 6, 2010

[ W. S. Burroughs at rest in the side-yard of his house, 1991, gelatin silver print, printed 1991-1997, image: 22.1 x 33 cm (8 11/16 x 13 in.), sheet: 27.9 x 35.4 cm (11 x 13 15/16 in.) Gift of Gary S. Davis © Copyright 2010 The Allen Ginsberg Estate. All rights reserved.]

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg opened last weekend at the National Gallery in Washington DC and will be up through September 6. The coverage so far has been very positive. We’ll start off with Clair O’Neill’s NPR Story then over to Art Daily, and … Read More