Marginalia: Geoffrey Hill’s ‘The Jumping Boy’

A serious joy

in leaping, Geoffrey Hill re-

calls his youthful self

in some late verses.

More rain today, but so light

it hardly expands

the puddles, dimpling

them, as if playing around

with pure potential,

creating tiny

waves of interference

beyond memory.

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Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. His blogs include poemswithoutborders.com He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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