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August 15, 2008


Beautiful piece. I'm sure Liam would have loved it. And "Old Coat" is my favorite poem of his.

You nailed him, Laura. Thank you.


Thank you Laura. This is deeply moving. He changed my life too, in ways that I continue to discover.

Laura Orem is one of the best writers of her generation and when she shows her heart, there is no one who can better make us feel what the human heart feels. Liam knows this too. I love you Laura Jane... GRACE

Thank you for this, Laura. The Big Dog would be proud.

As usual, not a real word of sympathy for the woman who had to be awakened by the gunshot and look at his brains on the walls--fuck Liam Rector.

Roughly a week after I discovered Liam Rector's poetry, he died. I stumbled across the news of it on a website. I did not know the man behind the poems as all of you did but I loved his poetry from my first reading of it. It struck me as so unusually honest. Truthfully it made me feel a little ashamed of my own poetry, like I was not telling the truth about anything, and I thought: here is a poet who is bringing things down to a level of realness. Most poets don't do that. His death saddened me. The number of people--artists, intellectuals, what have you--like Liam Rector are a very small few. Perhaps it is a myth, and I'll admit to it being somewhat rosy, but I sometimes think that these people have a harder time living in the world because of the way the world is. Anyways, very lovely piece. I wish I could have met him and I will continue to read his poetry and love it and I hope to read some of your work as well.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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