by Ric Dugan / staff photographer
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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The bodies of Dead Poets cover the floor and the top of bookshelves at the Charles Town Library, but they are very much among the living.
Dead Poets is the name of a group of Jefferson County teenagers who gather on Monday evenings to read poetry and plays, discuss works of literature and philosophy.
They show each other their artwork and bounce ideas off each other.
They try to keep their minds as limber and as flexible as their bodies.
"It's kind of a creative, hang-out time," said Mike Whitaker, 18, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
"This is the only place where you can go and hang out with creative people all the time," Whitaker said.
"We influence each other and definitely grow together as we mature and look at things from different philosophical perspectives," said Joe Elliott, 18, of Shepherdstown, who likes to write Japanese haiku.