State of the Union

The people’s tyrant

doubles the people’s hatred;

his will to power

the people’s triumph.

Easy to say, but something

has been lost in surd

self-circling. Recall

the silence through which the name-

less one reaches us.

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.

2 thoughts on “State of the Union”

  1. htanks for the very perceptive insight; silence breaks self-circling. (And forgive me for ripping one phrase from the poem in a moralizing fashion.) This is very important for our media-saturated minds and the kind of creative insight that recent scientific studies (sepecially related to Chrfonic fatigue Syndrome) show only comes from silent time for imagination.


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