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


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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