Dinner at George & Katie Schneeman’s

By Ted Berrigan 1934–1983 Ted Berrigan
She was pretty swacked by the time she
Put the spaghetti & meatballs into the orgy pasta
        bowl—There was mixed salt & pepper in the
“Tittie-tweak” pasta bowl—We drank some dago red
        from glazed girlie demi-tasse cups—after
which we engaged in heterosexual intercourse, mutual
        masturbation, fellatio, & cunnilingus. For
dessert we stared at a cupboard full of art critic
        friends, sgraffitoed into underglazes on vases. We did
have a very nice time.

Ted Berrigan, "Dinner at George & Katie Schneeman's" from The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan. Copyright © 2007 by Ted Berrigan.  Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: Selected Poems (Penguin Books, 1994)

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Poet Ted Berrigan 1934–1983

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

Subjects Love, Desire, Activities, Eating & Drinking


Ted Berrigan—Edmund Joseph Michael Berrigan Jr.—was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the oldest of three children of Margaret Dugan and Edmund Berrigan, the chief engineer at Ward’s Baking Company. On both sides the family was Irish Catholic. Berrigan attended local schools and entered Providence College, a local Catholic school, but left after a year and enlisted in the army.

Berrigan was sent to Korea in 1954 but never saw . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Desire, Activities, Eating & Drinking

SCHOOL / PERIOD New York School (2nd Generation)

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