Rage Not Enough

“. . . being true in the
immanence of the practice”:
I copy that down.
The preposition
“in” not “to” — a distinction
lost on me in youth.
The Berkeley plaza
sun-splashed in teargas found me
dialectical
to a fault. Today
buds tremble in the wind. Words
tremble in my mind.
If true, true to what?
If to the practice of verse,
rage is not enough.

The opening text is from William Desmond, The Intimate Universal, 125.

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.

1 thought on “Rage Not Enough”

  1. Lovely-having reread the poem several times I have started to see more and more. The final lines show the crucial difference between the world — hte trembling buds–as gift and the mind–but also tehir relation as the mind is part of the human being and s/ he part of world as gift. The immanence of practice is the habit in which we are true to that reality of giftedness. Realising this has been a release to me as I hope and pray to you, and the poem is a beautiful shaping of that relase.

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