In the Mystery

This river valley
I have come to in old age
is full of young folks.

On the café couch
next to me a woman breast-
feeds her baby while

using her I-phone.
I do not look or listen.
Ovid in exile?

No. No. I’m reading
“Primary Wonder” (Denise
Levertov lived just

north of here). That it
is at all is the wonder.
Whatever it is.

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.

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