Allen Ginsberg died on this day, twenty-two years ago today, April 5, 1997. For those of us privileged to be in attendance, it was, to say the least, an extraordinary night. Rosebud Feliu-Pettet provides a clear-eyed and definitive account. Jonas Mekas has a video account.Peter Orlovsky, speaking in the video:
“He opened his eyes. He opened his eyes. There were about eleven of us there, all very awake, at 2.40 a.m. Friday…what day’s Friday?..the 4th– And he was laying in the hospital bed , and his cousin, Dr. Joel Gaidemak, who was a doctor, was there and knew more or less precisely the time that Allen was going to die. And it was a very peaceful death and Gelek Rimpoche now, Gelek Rimpoche, in front of Allen’s altar, is inviting Allen’s.. spirit?.. soul – he’s inviting Allen’s soul to come out and attain enlightenment right now. And if Allen can’t do that, Gelek and his Tibetan chanters are saying that..we wish..we want you to have a better rebirth than last time around.”
JM: So he went into coma. He worked all day. and then to coma, and then never woke up.