072.1: Bill Rector:: 8 ½ & black bag
8 August 2011
In Bill Rector’s work, the poet and the physician meld into a speaker of intense and careful ontological devotion to life and the craft. Tragedy and comedy are not two separate entities reserved for two different poems, but appear as braids or simultaneous strands on a shared helix. Take the first two lines of 8 ½, where the speaker begins: