Some poems cut so
deep into the flesh of thought
the letters themselves —

the open, closed shapes —
contribute to the meaning.
The choral effect

can be sublime, break-
ing through the copyist’s bore-
dom like an angel.

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.

3 thoughts on “Scriptorium”

  1. Beautiful and graceful arc of poetry. Reading the poem takes us through the process of writing as enfleshed. Words really can mke us feel things physically as well as emotionally (and of course emotions are often physical).


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