Freedom

Do poems possess
our bodies? And our children?
No time for poems.

Starve their little selves.
The beat of their hearts grows faint
without the poems.

See that lazy kid
in the corner? A poet.
Send him home. Do not

tolerate poets.
We can only work with kids
whose bodies are free.

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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