GINSBERG, ALLEN (1926-1997, American poet) and BASIL BUNTING (1900-1985)
JOINT PORTRAIT BY AN UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER, vintage photograph, silver print, seated, Ginsberg higher than Bunting looking down, Bunting in profile facing left, framed and glazed, size of image 6 ½ x 9 ½ inches (17 x 24 cm), overall size 12 x 14 ½ inches (30 x 37 cm), not dated [but probably 1984]
Ginsberg said of Bunting: 'I've taken his model syntactical swiftness as corrective for many of my own "too many words.'" Bunting found Ginsberg 'amusing and bubbly', 'looking like an owl in a bunch of ivy.' They appeared together for readings at Morden Tower Bookroom in 1965, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1967, and at the Albert Hall in 1984. It was presumably at their last encounter that the present photograph was taken.