Frustrated poet-
critic that I am, I sit
surrounded by books

and fragments of my
breakfast and stare into the
light. I confess my

nothingness before
the greater nothingness, ex-
cess of primal be-

ing named ‘light’ by o-
thers who have made the journey
in the between, mys-

tics in the old sense,
whose writings companion me
in my solitude.

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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