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Poetry 1061976 NLFXXX10.1177/10957960211061976New Labor Forum XX(X) research-article2021 New Labor Forum 2022, Vol. 31(1) 103 –104 Copyright © 2021, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/10957960211061976 DOI: 10.1177/10957960211061976 journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf By Joseph Millar Telephone Repairman All morning in the February light he has been mending cable, splicing the pairs of wires together according to their colors, white-blue to white-blue violet-slate to violet-slate, in the warehouse attic by the river. When he is finished the messages will flow along the line: thank you for the gift, please come to the baptism, the bill is now past due: voices that flicker and gleam back and forth across the tracer-colored wires. We live so much of our lives without telling anyone, going out before dawn, working all day by ourselves, shaking our heads in silence at the news on the radio. He thinks of the many signals flying in the air around him the syllables fluttering, saying please love me, from continent to continent over the curve of the earth. 104 New Labor Forum 31(1) Love Pirates I follow with my mouth the small wing of muscle under your shoulder, lean over your back, breathing into your http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

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1061976 NLFXXX10.1177/10957960211061976New Labor Forum XX(X) research-article2021 New Labor Forum 2022, Vol. 31(1) 103 –104 Copyright © 2021, The Murphy Institute, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions https://doi.org/10.1177/10957960211061976 DOI: 10.1177/10957960211061976 journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf By Joseph Millar Telephone Repairman All morning in the February light he has been mending cable, splicing the pairs of wires together according to their colors, white-blue to white-blue violet-slate to violet-slate, in the warehouse attic by the river. When he is finished the messages will flow along the line: thank you for the gift, please come to the baptism, the bill is now past due: voices that flicker and gleam back and forth across the tracer-colored wires. We live so much of our lives without telling anyone, going out before dawn, working all day by ourselves, shaking our heads in silence at the news on the radio. He thinks of the many signals flying in the air around him the syllables fluttering, saying please love me, from continent to continent over the curve of the earth. 104 New Labor Forum 31(1) Love Pirates I follow with my mouth the small wing of muscle under your shoulder, lean over your back, breathing into your

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Published: Jan 1, 2022

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