Marcus Ewert — the openly gay, cisgender author whose childrens’ book 10,000 Dresses got him nominated for a Lambda Literary award — recently spoke to Vocativ.com about losing his virginity to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (pictured with Ewert above) and having an eight-year relationship with "the king of postmodern literature" William Burroughs.
The 43-year-old Ewert told Vocativ about his infatuation with the two men and how he bedded them both when he was 17 and 18 years old:
“Allen and Burroughs were still alive and they were both gay, and in their work it was pretty explicit that they liked teenage boys. Allen has all these poems about sleeping with boys in Naropa, which is where I realized I could go to meet them. So, I was like, Perfect, I know what to do. …Allen and Burroughs teach there? You don’t have to tell me twice.”
After hitting on Ginsberg at a party, the two men dined together and then discussed Ewert’s sexual identity. After classes later on, Ewert returned to Ginsburg’s residence:
… Ewert arrived and was led (by Ginsberg) to the upstairs bedroom. Though he’d fooled around with one or two neighborhood kids when he was 12 or 13, it would be his first “adult” time; this underage boy direct from the Bible Belt was about to lose his virginity to a much older Allen Ginsberg. “I was happy to find that I saw him handsome in a certain light,” he says. “I was never super physically attracted to him, but he’s got this Grecian, bearded Poseidon profile, you know? That’s kind of handsome, I think I can go with that.
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“Basically he blew me; that was a big part of it. And he was really good at it. He did this thing where he had his hand and his mouth working at the same time, and he’d take time out to explain to me what he was doing….It’s very Allen that he’s always peppering anything he’s saying with little tutorials. But I was totally down for that—it was what I’d signed up for. I wanted the tutorial, I wanted to understand how the f–king world worked. I wanted somebody to help me and mentor me.”
And Ewert didn’t flee, but rather returned the gesture, putting his hand on Burroughs’ knee and giving it a light squeeze. Even through the thick jeans, the poet’s leg felt bony and frail, which only turned Ewert on more. A skinny young thing himself, the idea that somebody found his frame attractive, even someone 57 years his senior, was an aphrodisiac. “It was like hugging my doppelganger, and that totally turned me on,” he says. They found themselves naked on the bed, engaged in what could be described as chaste, fumbling sex. No kissing, but a sweetness despite the absence of overt affection.
“I don’t think there was any oral at all, I think it was just hand jobs and humping. At one point I felt this little splash of fluid against my leg and, you know, he’d cum, and then I probably jerked myself off and came. And then we’re lying in bed in this post-orgasmic peace and after a while he goes, ‘Ah, that was great. That was the first time this has happened in years,’” Ewert recalls. “And I’m super happy because I had enjoyed it. Also, the little calculating, crusty 18-year-old part of me was excited by the fact that he hadn’t had sex in a long time. He’s already 70-whatever, and I’m guessing he’s not going to have a lot of sex besides me going forward—he’s not going to live that much longer. I was like, That’s awesome, I’ll go down in history as the last person to have had sex with William Burroughs. I don’t know if that’s totally true, but it gives you a sense of my mind-set at that time.”
Ewert also famously appeared shirtless on the cover of Deflowered, the second album by queercore band Pansy Division (below). Ewert is currently working on another children's book called Mummy Cat and a sequel to 10,000 Dresses.