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signed by artist, along bottom in black ink: My front room 1010 Montgomery Street North Beach apartment wherein I wrote _Howl_ Part I, Peter Orlovsky's room down the / hall past the kitchen in back, windows overlooking Telegraph Hill's roofs and Oakland Bay. Robert La Vigne's watercolor portrait / of me in army-surplus jacket and Cézanne-like landscape pinned to wall above spitoon-shaped woven basket on / mantel, fireplace lit. Bollinger books on shelf, letters and Essays of Ezra Pound under bed-table clock, checkered wool blanket / hung over alley window first floor, black-painted bureau with victrola-case & Bach on top. "Blessed be the Muses / for their de- / scent / dancing round my desk / Crowning my balding head / with Laurel." I was living on unemployment checks, San Fran-cisco, Summer 1955. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, by artist's hand, lower right in graphite: Signed 4/26/95 / A.G.; by unknown hand, lower right in graphite: 1955; lower right in graphite: 34/536; bottom center in graphite: GD-AG-81; bottom right in graphite: GDC-865

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Gary S. Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2010.