Peter Orlovsky Arrives Late For Class

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky. Photo: Herbert Rusche

continuing from yesterday

AG: Aw! Come on!

Peter Orlovsky : I’m sweating. I had to go to Casey High – all over the place , I had a chair for you. I had to rush here because I thought you were..

AG: You went to Casey?

Peter Orlovsky: Yes, I went to Casey looking for you. I thought you were at Yeshe House!      I stopped off here before I thought of going to Yeshe House. You didn’t tell me the class was here. No one told me the class was here.   (I’ve been)  all over the place looking for you.

AG: You didn’t know the class was here?

Peter Orlovsky: No one told me the class was here!  Always the class has been there at Casey High on Mondays and Wednesdays.

AG: That’s because you didn’t go to class last time. the last class was here  (We’ve been..)   I didn’t know. I swear I didn’t know. You’ve been at Yeshe House?… We left the house together!

Peter Orlovsky: I was going to go to Yeshe House because I thought I heard “Yeshe House”

AG: So you didn’t  go there?

Peter Orlovsky: I was about to go there. But then I figured I’d better stop here, just in case.

AG; Yeah.. I had no idea.. I thought you…. Did you take the bike?  You took the bike?

Peter Orlovsky: (I went)  back to the house. I thought you went to Yeshe House.

AG: Well, we’re here, and it’s eight-five, doing seventeenth century English poetry. So I’ve dressed like an Oxford don who’s teaching seventeenth-century English poetry. Actually, this is the way that people who teach seventeenth-century poetry dress, except they generally.. they have Oxford grey pants, generally. So I’m dressed for the occasion – usually a striped shirt like this and a striped regimental tie with a blazer with a school.. like a prep-school symbol (because this is sort of like the elite of the elite of poetry, the metaphysical witty stuff) – but, before we get to it, we’ve got to get through Hart Crane’s “Hurricane”.   So..

[Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately two-and-a-half minutes in and concluding at approximately four-and-a-half minutes in]

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