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signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: Jack Kerouac at Statin Island Ferry Wharf, we used to wander docksides under Manhatten's bridges & thru truck parking lots along East River singing rawbone Blues, Leadbelly's "Black Girl" or "Eli Eli," chanting Poe's "Annabelle Lee" & shouting Hart Crane's "O Harp & Altar of the Fury fused!" or "Atlantis" to Brooklyn Bridge's traffic spanned above. Time of his _Doctor Sax_ & _The Subterraneans_, Burroughs was in town, up from Mexico, New York, Fall 1953.

Provenance

Allen Ginsberg Estate; Ellen and Gary Davis, Greenwich, CT (through Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); gift to NGA, 2009.

Exhibition History
2010
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, 2010 - 2013, no. 48.