It keeps hitting you—
not the dear fact of her death
but the Picasso

face in the mirror.
A failure to be a face,
all coherence lost.

No way to face this
face. That said, God reserves
Him-or-Herself, so

maybe others can
too. So shave, get on with it,
whatever it is.

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 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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