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Written and Directed by Warren Lehrer. This video features beatbox artist Chesney Snow performing the poem "If This Scar Were A Ladder" from Bleu Mobley's very last book, Cell By Cell. Filmed and Edited by Robert Winn. Second Camera/Film Crew: Brandon Knopp

A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel written and designed by Warren Lehrer (2013, Goff Books). The novel includes 101 books within it all written by Lehrer’s protagnist—Bleu Mobley—who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. The novel pairs Bleu’s confessional memoir with a retrospective monograph of all his books which are represented by their first edition cover designs, catalog descriptions, and selected excerpts (that read like short stories).

This short film is based on an except from the book Cell by Cell, edited by Bleu Mobley in prison, featuring the writings of his fellow inmates. In prison, Bleu starts a “literacy program” as a means of survival. He grows to love the men in his prison writing workshops and admire the heart, soul and wisdom he finds in their writings. A Life In Books reprints the section on scars which includes "If This Scar Were A Ladder" by Cashman Woodard.

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