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A longtime resident of Beaufort, South Carolina, Warren Slesinger has worked as an editor, marketing manager, or sales manager at several publishers, including the University of South Carolina Press. He edited the anthologies Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry and The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction, both from The Bench Press. He has received both an Ingram Merrill Grant and the South Carolina Literary Arts Fellowship. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New Letters, The Sewanee Review, The South Carolina Review, Southern Humanities Review, and many other fine journals. The Evening Light, his first full-length collection, received the 2012 South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize.
Handyman (han.di.man) n. 1. One
who performs a routine household task
with skill and dexterity: The handyman,
an elderly gentleman without a stain
on his overalls, was painting the railing
when he noticed a bubble under the old coat.
He pulled a straight pin out of his pocket,
and popped it; loosened the flakes with
his finger, and sanded the surface so that
when he spread a fresh coat of paint
on the railing, the stroke of the brush
was smooth, lustrous and flawless.
--Copyright 2013 Warren Slesinger