Unspeakable things
have been said and done in the
name of Christ, good and

bad. Today high thin
clouds filter the green haze of
tree-lined streets. I live

here. It’s Good Friday.
I have Purgatorio
in hand, beginning

over again. “My
ship of mind hoists sail”—-Robin
Kirkpatrick my guide.

On my mind, the aes-
thetic of happening ris-
ing above the shown.

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 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.

One thought on “Rising”

  1. Incisive lines Tom and a most pertinent post for Good Friday. People don’t read Purgatorio so much as Inferno, I think, and you prompt me to look at my copy again (JG Nichols’ translation). Best wishes.


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