Poet's Choice

By Robert Pinsky
Sunday, October 22, 2006

Liam Rector's new book, The Executive Director of the Fallen World , expresses a stringent yet generous tone toward the profane, ignoble world of his title. Without necessarily forgiving himself or the rest of greedy and needy humanity, Rector chooses instead a dry, somewhat charitable acknowledgment that the world is . . . worldly:


When he was 23 and beautiful

He liked to hang around

With other beautiful people.

He liked to get intoxicated with them,

Have sex with them, make money

With them. Among them,

He found, one did not have to strain.

Other people

Wanted to hang around with them

And came bearing gifts,

A little something. (These

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