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Shakespeare & Co

George rules from his riverside bookshop
four storeys high along rue de la Bûcherie
Proudly claiming Walt Whitman as his ancestor—
Shelf after laden-shelf rising like wine racks in the city
The roving eye can soft focus anywhere—
a Faber translation of Laments by Jan Kochanowski

for free accommodation upstairs—you must read a book a day
tend the shop now and then, live on pancakes
chocolate croissants or whatever your budget will allow—
two Londoners outside the kitchen on clarinet and fiddle
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: friendship
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