The Fifth of July

The dew already
burnt off the grass, the white rose
turned at the morning

sun, and in the street,
singed wrappings of spent fireworks.
My patriotic

neighbors. I go back
inside. My cluttered workspace,
reminders, gleams of

the “beneficent
original,” metaxu
(I gloss David Jones).

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.

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