What is a poem
if not a space to turn in?
The blinded bird twists

away from the win-
dow. Not that, not that! Sky a-
bove, the earth beneath,

canopy of be-
ing. The poem adds its space
to the narrative.

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 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.

2 thoughts on “Decision”

  1. This poem is absolutely profound. It does help, a map of sorts of a space to reorient and protect life in its particular embodied forms. Sometimes I think I’ve read a favorite of your poems, then there is another. This one is, again, it. As a note to you from Providence, they are trying to build a 46-story skyscraper, many windows. I wrote in opposition to the ProJo and deeply resonate with your gorgeous poem. You’re doing the good work. And thank you for this lovely lyric!


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