The New York Times published Peter Orlovsky’s obituary today, June 3, 2010, Allen Ginsberg’s birthday (he would have been eight-four). Um, happy birthday, Allen? Was the Times editorial people just having a little wink wink nod nod with Ginsberg, their old nemesis? The Washington Post, perhaps being less clued-in to Beat nuance and with no apparent appreciation for the insignificant coincidence, published their Orlovsky obituary two days ago.
Both pieces are respectful when in another day and age they might not have been. But of course, in citing the books Peter wrote, both omit mention of Clean Asshole Poems and Smiling Vegetable Songs (Pocket Poets, City Lights).