You World

I bought you boxes
and boxes of Sharpies and
reporter’s notebooks

for your walks round down-
town: Tobyflaneur curbside
chats up locals! I

bought you bracelets
and silver rings from Forzi-
eri online. And

your hats! No Southern
Lady wore them with such pan-
ache. They came from all

over. Boiled wool, felt,
straw. From the Borsalino
shop at the Spanish

Steps (I was there): what
a great hat! You bought your own
hats. Through the decades,

the world was your beat
and ornament. Now that you’re
gone, you still make news.

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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