Millenial Cafe

I’m reading Horace
at the Millenial Cafe.
Clean-shaven amongst

two-day beards and
Spartan girls. Monotones, squeals.
How they seize the day!

“Futurity is
infinite” (Mitchie’s II2).
They come in, go out,

through the door with them
cold views of oil-slick potholes
crushed by SUVs.

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 “Millenial Cafe”

  1. Wonderful arc of insight into being and human beings. THe final line snaps the parts into place with irony and yet irony does not define the perspective completely, which to me instead seems to maintain a kind of realist delight in detail and principle and their interplay.

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