Poetry

In The Detail

Oily rag, black nails, paunchy stance, the script put the mechanic there so when the star collected the car he’d say, cash-registered smile, “Ready for you, Sir,” open the door. Not a line to Oscar for, merely what the smart writer calls very similitude. But the mechanic had to go. A trick of lighting? Casting got him for the gold teeth? As he delivered, tiny flames lip-synched from his stubbled mouth lambent fire licking back in with the rolled r of Sir. Umpteenth re-run in the editing suite, the director, bearded fan of Buñuel, the editor, statuesque as her AFI…

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