My friend Steve Silberman wrote an elegy for poet Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg's longtime companion. Orlovsky died on Sunday at a hospice in Vermont.
Peter and Allen were the first gay married couple that most people ever heard of. As well as being Allen's comrade, Peter was an enthusiastic organic farmer, poet, and musician who taught at Naropa University and performed in a million benefits with Allen worldwide. After Allen died in 1997, Peter was well cared for by the Shambhala Buddhist community, as I describe in the piece.
Photo of Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg by Cliff Fyman