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Letter: Gerard Benson asked for paper and pen and wrote a poem on the spot

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In the late 1960s and 70s, when the Barrow Poets toured the US and Canada four times under the auspices of the impresario Sol Hurok, Gerard Benson was a vibrant and sometimes flamboyant performer. I remember when we were staying in a remote and tacky motel somewhere in the Midwest, Gerard asked the receptionist for paper and pen and on the spot wrote a charming poem which he dedicated to her, presenting it with a flourish.

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