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Just how do you say
it when you cannot name it?
Take today’s weather:

drizzle if not rain.
The street shines with it, the light
shadowless for now.

The dictionary
rifled to death adds nothing
to the distinction.

Containing zero
and hyperbole the im-
age transcends the thing,

and by doing so
surpasses the poet’s will
to be just that whole.

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. 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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