You Silence

Who is this you I
keep talking to or wanting
to talk to? Who knows?

Not me, not you. The
habit of conversation
is essential

to being. You’d say,
read Vanity Fair; I’d say,
I will. You’d say, ice

cream and bacon don’t
mix. You’d say, Black lives matter.
Feminism must

not give up. I say,
Eros surpasses itself,
the fertile void

releases me to-
wards new communities, new
wonders. I’d tell

you all about it,
but last time you seemed to pre-
fer your own silence.


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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