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Benjamin Aleshire comes to Bookstock fresh from a few weeks in Paris, where he's been making his living by writing poems on a typewriter outside of the legendary Shakespeare & Company bookstore. A Vermont native from Cuttingsville, Ben is now based in New Orleans, and tours the world with his portable Underwood and a suitcase of books.

You can commission him to write a poem on the spot, about whatever poetic desire you need fulfilled. Love, death, sex, anti-fascism, apocalypse-these are just a few of his favorite topics, but the choice is yours. The price? Whatever you think the poem is worth-a quasi-Marxist system that has taken him from the tiny Vermont hamlet of his birth to Paris, Havana, London, Madrid, and back again.

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