The Discovery

As exponents go,
there’s no power to which
poetry may be

raised; nor be broken
down, reduced to roots. Only
as we try and fail,

accepting defeat,
does poetry rescue us
and show what’s prior.

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.

One thought on “The Discovery”

  1. This is wonderful! I keep rereading it. Like all good art, it gives the reader more and more with each encounter. It seems to me the concluding lines give voice to that positive no-thingness that gives everything as gift. just lovely. THank you!


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