Birthday Ode for Stephen D’Evelyn

All distances one;
what light there is cold drizzle
distributes. Sea nor
continent between
us, Steve, on your birthday. Un-
cork the single malt
that will have arrived
by now and sip, perhaps in
privacy, perhaps
with children, wife, or
friends. Include me as you toast
your growing circle
of witnesses to your cause–
the least loved of all.

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.

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