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Peter Orlovsky by Brian Fahey

San Francisco is not what it used to be. For that matter neither is New York or Paris or anywhere that used to mean a great deal to me. Or to Allen.

A quiet, nostalgic death 3 flights up, East 12th street in New York City. No more sweet summers with lovers, Chinatown opium dens, or me. Allen. Not himself except in an urn of ashes. But I don't want to get ahead of myself...

San Francisco. December 1954. 21 years old with an innocent eye for nature. Freshly discharged from the army. Living with Robert. He paints my portrait. Head of Peter Orlovsky, he calls it.

That's how it all began... "This is Allen." I can tell Robert is reluctant to introduce us. "Hello. I like your portrait." Big glasses. Kind of, kind of creepy. He's nervous and his hands are shaking. Sweaty but cold. Maybe Robert told him I was good in the sack.

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Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg. Click to enlarge.

A snapshot of Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg in India, 1962.


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Peter Orlovsky by Brian Fahey

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Letters by Erica Lies

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Performance Schedule

March 15-16   Diane di Prima
March 22-23   The Red Side
March 29-30   Peter Orlovsky
April 5-6   Peter Orlovsky
April 12-13   Letters
April 19-20   Diane di Prima
April 26-27   The Red Side
May 3-4   Letters
May 10-11   Peter Orlovsky
May 17-18   The Red Side
May 24-25   Letters
May 31-June 1   Diane di Prima
June 7-8   Peter Orlovsky
June 14-15   The Red Side
June 20-21   Diane di Prima
June 28-29   Letters
July 5-6   Peter Orlovsky
July 12-13   Letters
July 19-20   Diane di Prima
July 26-27   Letters
August 2-3   Peter Orlovsky