A Post-Valentine Posting


Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, San Francisco 1955

Well, yesterday was Valentine’s Day, let’s make today Valentine’s Day too!.  Here’s a letter from Allen to Peter Orlovsky, dated Feb 15, 1958

Dear Peter:
Got your letter yesterday, was so happy to receive it and your sweet sex talk. I had been running around with mad mean poets & world-eaters here & was longing for kind words from heaven which you wrote, came as fresh as a summer breeze & “when I think on thee dear friend / all losses are restored & sorrows end,” came over & over in my mind – it’s the end of a Shakespeare Sonnet – he must have been happy in love too. I had never realized that before. . . .
O.K. I’ll wrap this up. Write me soon baby, I’ll write you big long poem I feel as if you were god that I pray to –


Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963. Photograph by Richard Avedon c. The Richard Avedon Foundation

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