You Class

You put up with my
lectures on haiku at the
night school. In the breaks

we’d take the ele-
vator up and kiss — short break
between Basho and

Buson. We returned
to class red-faced and happy.
Everybody smiled

as I resumed the
talk about the fertile void
and empty fulness.

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.

One thought on “You Class”

  1. THe poem takes the reader to a poignant balance of remembered love and grief. The poem avoids nostalgia because it stays true to the middle between objective and subjective and does not collapse into extremes of subjectivity while it does maintain tenderness and emotional awareness given its full dimensions by its orientation in the ontological difference — particular love, even parituclar nights, and the source of love–and the reference to the paritculars of life.


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