Her Vowels

A personal note:
the theme that makes me live to
write (as Dante says) —

call it “divine ex-
cess” — shown forth the first time I
met my wife Toby.

A classroom at Brown —
Continuing Ed. In black,
honey mop of hair,

sitting yoga on
the hard schoolroom chair. “Toby.”
“I’m legally blind.”

The provocation
was in the vowels. New York?
The South? Mascara

not quite on. We talked
after class. Students wondered
who this “Toby” was.

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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