The Refresher

In my project to create a “world” of haiku along the lines of Herrick’s HESPERIDES out of my time in Oregon, I endeavor to create a poetry of unimaginable “things” — primal energies, “gods,” non-thing things that make things possible. So it’s a world “dependent” like the Taoist world of the Chinese classics on an Unnamed unmoved mover, the “Tao” or “way” (not much of a “name” is it?). The philosophical project of restoring this dimension of human consciousness seems appropriate for haiku, since the “genre” is both highly specific — a real moment in real time — and equivocal about what we can know in light of the fact that consciousness is always changing while searching for a “still point” etc etc. There’s really only so much you can say “in prose” without gagging.

The “nip in the air” today — perhaps a British expression recalling Robert Herrick — did make me think of the procession of seasons by which we are refreshed.  How can I be so naive!

A nip in the air

The Refresher just saying

now it's about time



Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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