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Inscription

signed by artist, lower right in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; across bottom: Gregory Corso Paris 1957 his attic 9 Rue-Gît-Le-Coeur with magic wand, / Louvre postcards tacked to wall left, wooden angel kid on wire right, window on / courtyard. Burroughs came to live a flight below, Peter Orlovsky & I had window / on street two floors down, room with two burner gas stove – Leroi Jones (Yugen / magazine) and Irving Rosenthal (Chicago Review) wrote us from U.S. for poems, / Gregory had “Marriage” ready, “Power,” “Army” & “Police” also. I began Kaddish [underlined], / Peter “Frist Poem,” Burroughs shaping Naked Lunch [underlined]. Madame Rachou, Concierge; on verso, by unknown hand, upper right inverted in graphite: T29; upper center: page 30; center: [illegible writing]; lower right circled and perpendicular: MS; lower right perpendicular: #42/715 / BK5#27 [crossed out] / 1957; bottom left circled: #28; bottom center: GD-AG-087; bottom right: GDC-613

Provenance

Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2012.