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Vittoria repetto reads from my fingers wonder

Vittoria repetto read at The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division with Linda Whalen Quinlan on November 22. I went to hear her. I think she has been one of the movers and shakers in the LES poetry scene over the last few decades, and of that generation, too, that took it to the streets to fight for Gay Liberation back in the day. The poet is also a chiropractor, whose hands not only write but heal. At the Bureau, she read from an unpublished manuscript, my fingers wonder, with her unapologetic New York accent, West Village, growing up on Cornelia Street, in the 1950s, Italian Americans, bohemians, artists, gays, a quiet block where folks lived and let live; and where I think, the poet, with sense and sensibility, stayed. We are there in those hands of hers holding the poems where she wonders as she wanders, sensual and knowing, and kind, pressing down on lover and client and listener too, words we can feel, touched by the sound, it is true, before we hear it vibrating on our eardrums into words. Listen and enjoy.

Vittoria repetto has a book of poems, not just a personal ad, that was published in 2006 by Guernica Editions. You can check it out here at Poets&Writers:


Vittoria repetto


  1. Linda Lerner

    Very glad this reading was recorded and I got to hear it, and the especially moving long poem about her father.

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