Biography of a Name by Bill Rector
Title: Biography of a Name
Author: William Rector
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Publication Date: May 8, 2018
About the Chapbook
Biography of a Name, a poem in free verse and prose, uses the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa as a vehicle (call it a Buick sedan with plenty of room in the trunk), to explore identity and loss in modern America. It visits Depression-era Detroit, New Jersey, football stadiums, assembly lines, jails, backyard swing sets, and gravel pits, and it listens as it drives on I-40 to country music strummed on three strands of slack barbed wire. At the end, the poem pulls up at a bar where humor and pain are drinking together, looking at their watches, waiting for the punchline.