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April 04, 2021


I’m sure “your” taste in game shows is impeccable. (love this, Elaine !)

We all want to be with Elaine. Who wouldn't?

A supreme, original invention, this! Kafka would find it a new hidden treasure.

yet another knockout by
the uniquely brilliant Elaine Equi!

Love Elaine's work! Always terrific!

From start to finish, this guy leads me right into the speaker’s life. And as curious as I am about the repairman I feel a tension, a need to protect the speaker. But from what? A stalker? Paranoia? Loneliness? Debt? Needless repair? That not being in control? (unlike the poem, which is very much—and beautifully—in control of itself.

Wonderful poem -- and collage.

Wonderful poem. Love the collage.

Lovely lively funny in every sense weirdstuff poem.

But are the bills getting paid?

Doug: for that kind of dedicated service, I would hope so.

Thanks, Anne. I always love your comments.

I’m not sure why the repairman played on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE by Dan Ackroyd popped to mind after I read Elaine Equi's wonderful poem detailing a kind of exhilarating exasperation. After all, there are no butt fissures half-displayed in "The Repairman.” Maybe the answer resides in these lines from another poem by Elaine, “National Poetry Month”: “When a poem / speaks by itself, / it has a spark / and can be considered / part of a divine / conversation.” No ifs, ands, or buttocks about it: “The Repairman” sure got me talking. Brava, Elaine.

Thanks, Earle. Great comment.

Great poem! Thank you for posting

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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