Soon the City

By Liam Rector 1949–2007 Liam Rector
Soon the summer
Now the pleasant purgatory
Of spring is over,
 
Soon the choking
Humidity
In the city
 
On the fire escapes
In a sleeveless T-shirt
Smoking a cigar
 
In tune with the tremor
Of the mindless yellow
Commercial traffic
 
Moving in the city,
Where no one really
Buys a car,
 
American
Or otherwise,
Where we will,
 
As Rilke said we would
Where we will
Wake, read, write
 
Long letters
And in the avenues
Wander restlessly
 
To and fro
On foot in
The humidity,
 
Where soon I’ll shower, dress,
Take the dog out for a piss,
And mail this.

Liam Rector, "Soon the City" from The Executive Director of the Fallen World. Copyright © 2006 by Liam Rector.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

Source: The Executive Director of the Fallen World (The University of Chicago Press, 2006)

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Poet Liam Rector 1949–2007

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Life Choices, Time & Brevity, Nature, Summer, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

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Founder and director of the Graduate Writing Seminars at Bennington College, poet Liam Rector attended a number of colleges as an undergraduate without completing a degree. He eventually earned an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His poetry collections include The Sorrow of Architecture (1984), American Prodigal (1994), and The . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, Time & Brevity, Nature, Summer, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Allusion

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