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Jim Bennett Clutching Leaves in the library there is a picture a librarian standing with his arms wide clutching the leaves of destroyed books in his outstretched hands his face looking upwards his feet rooted forever on the Earth the barrel of a rifle pointing straight at him there is no second photograph showing the dead librarian no note to say what happened no way to know what the book was just a man clutching pages it must have meant something to him it must have been important to die for a metaphor later I found out that it was a scene from a film that the man was an actor not a librarian

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Profile for Conversation Poetry

CPQ Summer 2012  

CPQ Summer 2012

CPQ Summer 2012  

CPQ Summer 2012

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