Overview

It’s hot. The crows drift
from tree to shining tree in
unbroken silence.

My disused CV
would not explain what brought me
here to this window.

Berkeley, Princeton, Bos-
ton, Providence. I enjoyed
them all. Now I write,

imitate the crows,
their lofty vulgarity,
their stark silences.

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.

5 thoughts on “Overview”

  1. The poem creates intervals of distance but also of time by playing iwhtout expectations. The reader assumes crows would be characterized by tehir distinctive harsh cries, yet here crows are silent. That difference between expectation and poem sets up a kind of tension in the reader. We watch the crows silently move, adn then our view moves with teh poem’s roving from place to place. Finally we rest in a moment htat opens outward and the crows are there again, but now as our companions in poetry which is life.

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