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Author: RECTOR, LIAM
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Rector, Liam    Poet's Biography
89 poems available by this author


ABOUT THE MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: By the turn of the century
Subject(s): Money


AGE MOVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Age moves in the hound
Subject(s): Boys; Dogs


AGE MOVES       
First Line: Age moves in the hound
Last Line: With his pen-knife only


APARTMENT       
First Line: I walk into apartment. The rooms
Last Line: What I came for-%the animate detail of price


AS WITH ONE HAND       
First Line: As two blind men wave goodbye to each other
Last Line: The small boat which brought us out here %crashes against wharf, our small boat


ASSOCIATION       
First Line: Odd looking fuckers, thousands of us gather
Last Line: On all this: life of the mind; off summers


AT THE EATING       
First Line: I was waiting for them
Last Line: And passed quickly to those villages %where they were waiting, a spoon for each, and eating


BACK TO COUNTRY WITH PULITZER    Poem Text    
First Line: I left here at eight
Subject(s): Aging; Illness; Conduct Of Life; Success; Failure; Retirement; Love - Loss Of; Literary Prizes


BACK TO COUNTRY WITH PULITZER       
First Line: I left here at eight
Last Line: Especially, america is wrong


BEST FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: You sailed down
Subject(s): Friendship; Sailors & Sailing; Boredom; Ennui


BOY IN BASEBALL       
First Line: While you were considering the two hundred families with all
Last Line: You won't let the thing go about the boy in baseball. %I won't turn the wipers on, to rid the windsh


CARPENTER       
First Line: Dwelling
Last Line: This much was said between us, %rocking


CITY       
First Line: This apartment with no furniture
Last Line: Plays an unbelievable organ. %how afternoon goes like the movies


DAVID'S RUMOR       
First Line: I am busy doing drawings
Last Line: This riot, that hall, that vacancy and pressure %wherein we draw towards goodbye
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Loss; Marginality, Social; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DEVOID OF ORNAMENT OR RHETORIC OF ANY KIND       
First Line: I put in my hours here every day
Last Line: As if that mattered


DISGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: I was well towards the end
Subject(s): Middle Age; Language; Words; Vocabulary


DRAMA PRODIGAL       
First Line: Peace? So you want
Last Line: Damned sure I'll hold %you to that


DRIVING NOVEMBER       
First Line: We are driving november we turned
Last Line: I roll down this window you see %I vote you this blue hello


EDVARD MUNCH       
First Line: Eddie, you said you forgot about insanity and death
Last Line: And started that staring portrait %with cigarette


ELIZABETH BISHOP       
First Line: I hated you in my twenties. I thought you
Subject(s): Bishop, Elizabeth (1911-1979)


ELIZABETH BISHOP       
First Line: I hated you in my twenties. I thought you
Last Line: Our hopes and must we %live them too?
Subject(s): Bishop, Elizabeth (1911-1979)


EVENTUAL MUSIC       
First Line: Eventually someone knocks at your door eventually
Last Line: & you lie down, with someone, in your opened door %& you hear all that music that was not there befo


FAT SOUTHERN MEN IN SUMMER SUITS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fat southern men in their summer suit
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Summer; Southern States; South (u.s.)


FIRST GRADE       
First Line: Allen newport, famous in the first...Allen, forever
Last Line: The ones who come up to you when you first get somewhere


FIRST MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I made it cross country
Subject(s): Marriage; Divorce; Cancer (disease); Reconciliation; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


FOUR OLD MEN       
First Line: Four old men, childhood time
Last Line: The first part was lonely. I hadn't yet met mary'


GETTING OVER COOKIE: A MADE-FOR-TV-MOVIE       
First Line: In the ninth grade I met a fantastic number of times
Last Line: With too much, finally, to ever get over


HANS READING, HANS SMOKING    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother, poised around behavior, would say
Subject(s): Reading; Smoking; Human Behavior; Family Life; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Relatives


HANS READING, HANS SMOKING       
First Line: My mother, poised around behavior, would say


HIM, HIS PLACE       
First Line: My grandfather died one morning in dampness


IN SNOW       
First Line: With the window sitting with you
Last Line: We give back our time its longing %over field and snow and leaving


IT'S PERFECT       
First Line: I don't think they should have separated
Last Line: Certainly %is the way it looks together


JACK WARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In a woody allen film
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Warden, Jack (1920-2006); Movies; Cinema


LAURENCE HARVEY       
First Line: We seem to be in some sort of british car
Subject(s): Harvey, Laurence (1928-1973)


LAURENCE HARVEY       
First Line: We seem to be in some sort of british car
Last Line: You let yourself go and you go,' my stout father once told me %and you can't
Subject(s): Harvey, Laurence (1928-1973)


MENTAL MOMMY    Poem Text    
First Line: Home from school at six years old, first grade,
Subject(s): Mothers; Coming Of Age; Prisons & Prisoners; Insanity; Hospitals; Convicts; Madness; Mental Illness


MORPHINE       
First Line: I see eliot banking his way towards work
Last Line: Half-moons %on the doors of its motels by the bay


MY BUSINESS PARTNER       
First Line: You who have eaten so often
Last Line: Are now having their summers before they go %about the business of somehow finding their work


MY DRINK IS INTERRUPTED       
First Line: They are crossing the border and I witness
Last Line: I return to the long drink I am taking, %the bird crossing


MY GRANDFATHER ALWAYS PROMISED US       
First Line: The streets outside have ice on them
Last Line: While the fields of his century move far, %and then farther away


MY PONY       
First Line: Coming back to you, my pony, whom I had to leave
Last Line: We've come to together, thrown through the pressed world %where I went off to earn being hers and yo


MY PONY       
First Line: Comng back to you, my pony, whom I had to leave
Last Line: Gathering towards the glory of our having passed at all, %mypony


NIGHT THE LIGHTNING BUGS LIT LAST IN THE FIELD THEN WENT THEIR WAY       
First Line: We went out into the field to get away from the others, to make
Last Line: There were some great depth I would not be having the time to go into


NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I see it: a few years
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Time


OFF TO THE COUNTRY OF CANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: It comes on.
Subject(s): Cancer (disease)


OLD COAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Dressed in an old coat I lumber
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


OLD COAT       
First Line: Dressed in an old coat I lumber
Last Line: I look so dangerous in this coat


ONE FOR THE GUYS       
First Line: I was the young psychopath travis bickle
Last Line: Did it the hard way, american guy guy


ORIGIN OF A-R-T       
First Line: Winsome bob meets katherine and drops nancy
Last Line: How much inordinate sorrow %it actually involved


OUR LAST PERIOD TOGETHER       
First Line: Lying in bed we feel soon
Last Line: As your period comes, two weeks later, %I go away


OUR OWN ONES       
First Line: I will be coming up the hill from school in an hour
Last Line: Something of the nineteenth century town to the american city


PASSING CARDS       
First Line: This traveler steadies her sweaty existential palms
Last Line: How much farther, she thinks as she loses many hands. %how much farther, mother, the money in our ha


PROPERTY       
First Line: From place to place with no one place
Last Line: Based only on my ability to take and defend it?


REMARKABLE OBJECTIVITY OF YOUR OLD FRIENDS       
First Line: We did right by your death and went out
Last Line: Time ago and we'd have to face that %if we had any hope of getting it right
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


RONALD BEAVER'S LIFE IN ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Life in england for ronald beaver.
Subject(s): England; English


SAXOPHONE       
First Line: Not by money


SAXOPHONE       
First Line: When younger, money for pleasure
Last Line: Saxophone %splitting the night, our air, blowing money


SHOWING       
First Line: They showed up for a while and they died
Last Line: All their wake up and lie down, died. I knock %twice on yourdoor, old boy


SO WE'LL GO NO MORE    Poem Text    
First Line: So it's fare thee well, my own true love;
Subject(s): Illness; Abandonment; Love - Loss Of; Desertion


SOON THE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Soon the summer
Subject(s): City & Town Llife; Summer


SORROW OF ARCHITECTURE, SELS.       
First Line: Out of the building, out of the buildings the great sorrow
Last Line: The city slides back into the invisible, %impossible, and there is sorrow on the line


STAYING UP FOR ENGLAND       
First Line: Once I lived in the visionary city
Subject(s): England; English


STAYING UP FOR ENGLAND       
First Line: Once I lived in the visionary city
Last Line: The doubt says, 'lie down and I will cover you'
Subject(s): England


SUMMER BY THE WATER       
First Line: You left, took our daughter
Last Line: We've come to doubt of each other?


THE OLD MAN AND THE MOTORCYCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The old man had inoperable cancer.
Subject(s): Old Age; Motorcycles


THE REMARKABLE OBJECTIVITY OF YOUR OLD FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: We did right by your death and went out
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


THIS CITY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This apartment with no furniture,
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THIS SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sitting in the chair that is somewhere
Subject(s): Cancer (disease)


THOSE WHO GO       
First Line: She stands staring into the new traffic
Last Line: The talk quickly turns to the voyage and the burden %of each; how easily desire has carried them all


THREE PORTRAITS OF BOY       
First Line: When I was a boy a boy when I was a boy
Last Line: Until he made his way back to where he came from


TOAST       
First Line: To memory, that enormous bowl of water
Last Line: As though we were water to each other


TONIGHT WE BOW       
First Line: Not to worry about writing too much
Last Line: Like that other emotion, worry over money


TWENTY-THREE    Poem Text    
First Line: When he was 23 and beautiful
Subject(s): Youth; Human Bedhavior; Conduct Of Life


UNCLE SNORT       
First Line: My aunt was upset by lesbians
Last Line: And they were hell to pay come election-time


UNTIL HERE IS SOMETHING       
First Line: I had money and I didn't care
Last Line: Through the long grass of memory where I go now %to meet her


WE COLORED YOUR LEAVING THIS WAY       
Last Line: Calling you %the dupe of friendship, the fool of love


WE SHOULD NOT LET MUNICH SLIP AWAY       
First Line: There was rain which soon turned
Last Line: And it played me until I was away


WEATHER GALLERY: 1       
First Line: Modigliani's paintings are being shipped by train
Last Line: Off to the gallery, & I will eat as soon as we stop. %it is cold here. We are all on the same train


WEATHER GALLERY: 2       
First Line: I am at the gallery, having just been fed. The paint-
Last Line: The temperature %has changed. I am warm


WEATHER GALLERY: 3       
First Line: The guard at the gallery joins our procession. He
Last Line: What's wrong with hats %on a wall?' he says. We let the thing rest


WEATHER GALLERY: 4       
First Line: My business is finished in the city. I hop the train
Last Line: In the next city we will stop for %cows


WHAT WE'LL DO       
First Line: We were talking about the weather, how it changes us. Talking
Last Line: We know that the %weather is with us, and that this is what we will do


WHEN DOWN BY LONG BOY'S LANE       
First Line: A visionary bowler
Last Line: The bowler drinks the morning %with vision, and in rain


WHEN THE PARENTS WENT       
First Line: When my parents, %who separated %when I was four
Last Line: Was left over to make %whatever could be made of that folly


WHERE YOU GET OFF       
First Line: And where do you get off, calling me the hyacinth girl? Your
Last Line: When born, you inherit what's burning. In this case, the banal %apartment-the building you did with


WIDOWS       
First Line: Here are the hotels and the widows
Last Line: To start a family or to make another widow


WORKING WRONG IN THE LATE REPUBLICAN EIGHTIES       
First Line: We are working wrong, and we know it
Last Line: To give some repair as we go, we go hurling through it


YOU ARE ARRIVING       
First Line: You are passing through customs
Last Line: The open spaces, my umbrella, so much %for the inner life'


YOUR LIVID EARLY DAYS       
First Line: We used to visit each other often back when
Last Line: Desire under things, for which we acted as vassal