A quick note in preparation for some upcoming William Blake postings (it was announced recently by the Tate, incidentally, that, in September of 2019, through to February, 2020, they’re planning a major comprehensive William Blake exhibition)
The audio record is flawed (in several places), but it begins here – with Allen reciting Blake’ s charming “My Pretty Rose Tree”, a cappella, and Allen and Lafcadio experimenting with the tape-recorder
AG Well it’s probably working now Try this – just talk into that
LO Talk in
LO: Hallo Allen, how are you today?
AG: Well, Today is January 3rd 1979, Lafacdio Orlovsky
LO: Allen you just said January, what?
AG: January 3rd 1979
LO: January 3rd 1979
AG: And here you are visiting New York
LO: Where’s the top to my toothbrush. I can’t find it. Where is it? Is it in the back of the sink? Is it somewhere there? I looked there. I still can’t find it. Now I know it’s gone. It’s like as if it vanished My five dollars is also gone.
AG: Where did it go?
LO : My (dime), (I’ve looked, is gone, three, four times), has gone too…(Marie [his sister]’s dime, Marie’s dime)
LO: We’re going to Boulder, Colorado tomorrow, Allen, Allen’s going on another plane
LO: Peter’s coming along too
PO: I’m going to be coming along with you
LO: So he came here to visit Denise (Mercedes). She’s in the bathroom, bath-tub.. I’m shaving myself later. I’m making tea now. I’m letting it stand about five minutes.
PO: Very good.
LO: and I hope I have a good time in Boulder Colorado. I wonder what is going to be there, what we’re going to be doing, whom we’re going to meet . Will I meet any queers?
LO: Will I meet any homosexuals?
LO: I hope not.. My mother doesn’t want that to happen. She said no.
PO: And how do you feel about it?
LO: I said No . I said maybe . He (Allen) says he’s going to take me to see some friends.
AG: Remember the time you and I slept together and I tried to screw you?
LO: Remember when me and Allen went to bed together, we made together?
PO: Did that bother you?
LO: Roommates together. I remember. It was on what apartment? on what street?
PO: Second Street
LO: Second Street. Number?
PO: I forgot
AG: 170 East 2nd where I wrote Kaddish
LO: 170 East 2nd where you wrote Kaddish? – poems?
LO: Okay I’m going to bed now and I’m going to have my tea first. I got to get a good shave.
PO: I was wondering, did Allen do you any damage then, or insult… ?
LO: No, Allen didn’t. Everything’s alright.
AG: Oh, ok.
LO: But I don’t know about what’s going to happen in the future, what’s going to happen tomorrow or the next day or the next one.
AG: Well, I ‘ll try to keep my hands off you!
LO: Allen looks like he’s busy writing some… and Peter went to sleep, and I left you in the kitchen. I hope my tea’s still there. Goodnight. Can I hear my voice now?
AG: You can hear your voice, if it’s still working. I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s still working… No, that”s what I was worried about – [examining tape recorder] – oh, it’s working – So, to stop it you go like that.. Signing off at 10.30 pm.
[Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at the beginning of the tape and concluding approximately three minutes in]