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Death &Amp; Fame - Poem by Allen Ginsberg

When I die
I don't care what happens to my body
throw ashes in the air, scatter 'em in East River
bury an urn in Elizabeth New Jersey, B'nai Israel Cemetery
But l want a big funeral
St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Mark's Church, the largest synagogue in
First, there's family, brother, nephews, spry aged Edith stepmother
96, Aunt Honey from old Newark,
Doctor Joel, cousin Mindy, brother Gene one eyed one ear'd, sister-
in-law blonde Connie, five nephews, stepbrothers & sisters
their grandchildren,
companion Peter Orlovsky, caretakers Rosenthal & Hale, Bill Morgan--
Next, teacher Trungpa Vajracharya's ghost mind, Gelek Rinpoche,
there Sakyong Mipham, Dalai Lama alert, chance visiting
America, Satchitananda Swami
Shivananda, Dehorahava Baba, Karmapa XVI, Dudjom Rinpoche,
Katagiri & Suzuki Roshi's phantoms
Baker, Whalen, Daido Loorie, Qwong, Frail White-haired Kapleau
Roshis, Lama Tarchen --
Then, most important, lovers over half-century
Dozens, a hundred, more, older fellows bald & rich
young boys met naked recently in bed, crowds surprised to see each
other, innumerable, intimate, exchanging memories
"He taught me to meditate, now I'm an old veteran of the thousand
day retreat --"
"I played music on subway platforms, I'm straight but loved him he
loved me"
"I felt more love from him at 19 than ever from anyone"
"We'd lie under covers gossip, read my poetry, hug & kiss belly to belly
arms round each other"
"I'd always get into his bed with underwear on & by morning my
skivvies would be on the floor"
"Japanese, always wanted take it up my bum with a master"
"We'd talk all night about Kerouac & Cassady sit Buddhalike then
sleep in his captain's bed."
"He seemed to need so much affection, a shame not to make him happy"
"I was lonely never in bed nude with anyone before, he was so gentle my
shuddered when he traced his finger along my abdomen nipple to hips-- "
"All I did was lay back eyes closed, he'd bring me to come with mouth
& fingers along my waist"
"He gave great head"
So there be gossip from loves of 1948, ghost of Neal Cassady commin-
gling with flesh and youthful blood of 1997
and surprise -- "You too? But I thought you were straight!"
"I am but Ginsberg an exception, for some reason he pleased me."
"I forgot whether I was straight gay queer or funny, was myself, tender
and affectionate to be kissed on the top of my head,
my forehead throat heart & solar plexus, mid-belly. on my prick,
tickled with his tongue my behind"
"I loved the way he'd recite 'But at my back allways hear/ time's winged
chariot hurrying near,' heads together, eye to eye, on a
pillow --"
Among lovers one handsome youth straggling the rear
"I studied his poetry class, 17 year-old kid, ran some errands to his
walk-up flat,
seduced me didn't want to, made me come, went home, never saw him
again never wanted to... "
"He couldn't get it up but loved me," "A clean old man." "He made
sure I came first"
This the crowd most surprised proud at ceremonial place of honor--
Then poets & musicians -- college boys' grunge bands -- age-old rock
star Beatles, faithful guitar accompanists, gay classical con-
ductors, unknown high Jazz music composers, funky trum-
peters, bowed bass & french horn black geniuses, folksinger
fiddlers with dobro tamborine harmonica mandolin auto-
harp pennywhistles & kazoos
Next, artist Italian romantic realists schooled in mystic 60's India,
Late fauve Tuscan painter-poets, Classic draftsman Massa-
chusets surreal jackanapes with continental wives, poverty
sketchbook gesso oil watercolor masters from American
Then highschool teachers, lonely Irish librarians, delicate biblio-
philes, sex liberation troops nay armies, ladies of either sex
"I met him dozens of times he never remembered my name I loved
him anyway, true artist"
"Nervous breakdown after menopause, his poetry humor saved me
from suicide hospitals"
"Charmant, genius with modest manners, washed sink, dishes my
studio guest a week in Budapest"
Thousands of readers, "Howl changed my life in Libertyville Illinois"
"I saw him read Montclair State Teachers College decided be a poet-- "
"He turned me on, I started with garage rock sang my songs in Kansas
"Kaddish made me weep for myself & father alive in Nevada City"
"Father Death comforted me when my sister died Boston l982"
"I read what he said in a newsmagazine, blew my mind, realized
others like me out there"
Deaf & Dumb bards with hand signing quick brilliant gestures
Then Journalists, editors's secretaries, agents, portraitists & photo-
graphy aficionados, rock critics, cultured laborors, cultural
historians come to witness the historic funeral
Super-fans, poetasters, aging Beatnicks & Deadheads, autograph-
hunters, distinguished paparazzi, intelligent gawkers
Everyone knew they were part of 'History" except the deceased
who never knew exactly what was happening even when I was alive

February 22, 1997

Comments about Death &Amp; Fame by Allen Ginsberg

  • Gold Star - 13,104 Points Michael Morgan (12/30/2014 11:35:00 AM)

    Bravo! A sympathetic self-portrait/eulogy, though the self-as-subject-type expressionism would boggle even Whitman. Lots of good characterizations, here; lots of nice ghostly evocations; lots of nicely palpable sensual data. Creating a sympathetic self- the geist of the poem- is perhaps Ginsberg's forte. Curiosly observant of the tradition wherein the deceased is visited by 'presences' with whom he interacted. Only natural, I suppose. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Pha Thanh Gian (4/27/2005 10:59:00 AM)

    Nice poem! Lots of sensual and vibrant emotions infused in 1 long self-eulogy! Daring and intimate... (Report) Reply

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Poems About Fame

  1. 1. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  2. 2. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  3. 3. Fame Is A Fickle Food (1659) , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. On Fame , John Keats
  5. 5. Fame Is A Bee , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Fareweel To A'Our Scottish Fame , Robert Burns
  7. 7. When I Peruse The Conquer'D Fame , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. Two Sonnets On Fame , John Keats
  9. 9. Fame Is The Tine That Scholars Leave , Emily Dickinson
  10. 10. Fame , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  11. 11. Fame Of Myself, To Justify , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. Visions Of Fame And Fortune , Bernard F. Asuncion
  13. 13. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Fame Sucks! , Dónall Dempsey
  14. 14. The Temple Of Fame , Alexander Pope
  15. 15. The House Of Fame , Geoffrey Chaucer
  16. 16. Sonnet Lviii: None Other Fame , Samuel Daniel
  17. 17. Idle Fame , John Clare
  18. 18. Fame , Marjorie Lowry Christie Pick ..
  19. 19. Fame _Vs._ Riches , Eugene Field
  20. 20. Fame , James Whitcomb Riley
  21. 21. (anti Prejudice Poem) Clout Of Fame , Ace Of Black Hearts
  22. 22. Gleaners Of Fame , Alfred Austin
  23. 23. Dead In Sight Of Fame , James Whitcomb Riley
  24. 24. Love And Fame , Sadiqullah Khan
  25. 25. Fame Is A Food That Dead Men Eat , Henry Austin Dobson
  26. 26. Partial Fame , Matthew Prior
  27. 27. Love Of Fame, The Universal Passion (Exc.. , Edward Young
  28. 28. It's Not All It's Crack Up To Be...Fame , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  29. 29. 0348 Me, Royalty And Fame , Michael Shepherd
  30. 30. Fame , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  31. 31. From Fame To Fowls , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  32. 32. #16 (Thyagaraja) The Ladder Of Fame , Rajaram Ramachandran
  33. 33. Partnership In Fame , Robert Fuller Murray
  34. 34. Only Fame , Hasmukh Amathalal
  35. 35. Fame [he Held A Book In His Knotty Paws] , Ambrose Bierce
  36. 36. Fame [one Thousand Years I Slept Beneath.. , Ambrose Bierce
  37. 37. Original Fame , Hasmukh Amathalal
  38. 38. Golden Fame , Hasmukh Amathalal
  39. 39. ***the Magic Word For Fame & Glamour , hari khabrani
  40. 40. A Fame! , Ramesh T A
  41. 41. With Fame , Hasmukh Amathalal
  42. 42. Prize Of Fame , Anna Mae Angana
  43. 43. Propriety Of Fame In A Fossil , Smoky Hoss
  44. 44. Some Fame , Hasmukh Amathalal
  45. 45. Fame , David Harris
  46. 46. 'Only Money And Fame Count, When You'Re .. , Michael Gale
  47. 47. Fame , Bill Cantrell
  48. 48. Fame , Sandra Feldman
  49. 49. Fame , Edward Kofi Louis
  50. 50. Fame , Charlotte Mary Mew
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