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Arthur Sullivan (sepia)

I met Arthur Sullivan, 63, at the intersection of 7th and H Streets, NW late afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 8. He offered me a single cigarette in exchange for a few cents. I gave him a quarter but declined the cigarette. I don’t smoke. I asked if I could take a picture of him instead. He agreed. Afterwards we chatted for a bit.

 

Arthur’s from Rhode Island. He is just passing through DC on his way to Winchester, Virginia. Among other things, he is an avid poet who was a friend and contemporary of the noted poet, Michael McClure. He regaled me with stories of his experiences during the early 60’s in San Francisco and his involvement in “beat poetry”.

 

We talked about his old girlfriend back in the day, Janet Sullivan (no relation) who continues to be his muse. Examples of his couplets can be found the following:

 

To observe Stromboli

To take the pleasures of Capri

To live in old Napoli

And to make love to thee.

 

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Uploaded on October 9, 2006