"Man" is Allen Ginsberg and his first experience of gay love with Neal Cassady.

From Ginsberg’s "Many Loves"

"Many Loves" was written for Neal Cassady.

Birth Of The Cool, and its seductive 75 minute telling of the beat generation with cool words and hot jazz, often speaks to Ginsberg's resistance to being homosexual. But it was a fact. He was head over heels in love with Neal Cassady.

Ginsberg's analyst probably listened to the dilemma a thousand times. It was their hot topic of discussion for years.

Yet when Allen Ginsberg surrerendered to the gay love that was his true self, this tenderly original love poem, blissfully free of cliche or sentimentality, was the result.