Moonlit Nights

The way to stop dogs
barking on a moonlit night
is to throw a cloud

over the moon. That
said, we try to end poems
with clear images,

but clarity
exposes the unfinish-
able task. Embrace

chiaroscuro.
Flicker with the flickering.
Love your neighbor’s dog.

See Geoffrey Hill, “To John Constable” in CANAAN

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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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