Ode to my Twitter Self

As to politics,
I’m with Horace and Auden.
Poets have little

to offer and that
little eludes expression.
Speaking one’s mind on

Twitter and praising
one’s friends help pass the time
while the Tyrant cleans

up and mocks the com-
mon good. Which is death. Under-
stood. Little signs of

the sacred nothing
that poets share with God pass
understanding. It

shows itself in small
events — a baby’s burp, an
old man’s dancing feet.

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 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.

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