“The Age of Anger”

No and yes is all
you hear out of people now.
It’s pretty noisy.
And sometimes scary:
the silence after the bomb
goes off. Fragments of
buildings and people
everywhere you look. Reason
fails. Unity calls:
Divine unity
has many more voices than
torment the earth now.
They blend in silence
the way we take for granted
songs of local birds.

Intertexts: Pankaj Mishra, “Age of Anger: A History of the Present”
The Way of Chuang Tzu, Thomas Merton, ii. 3. “The Pivot” p. 42
William Desmond, God and the Between, 239

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 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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