On Motivation

Motivators say
just tell your own story in
your own words. For me,
seeking a new foot-
hold on the way up and down,
faces of old friends
come to mind. I can’t
describe them — not lovers’ eyes,
their eyes are content,
beautiful, distant.
A hand grabs my hand and pulls
me out of myself.

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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