What was I after
as a child fishing off a
sun-bleached pier? Alone,

I’d wait for the pull.
If I reeled it in, I’d throw
it back. Summer waned.

They say love attracts
and concentrates. Was Eros
preparing me for

the ways of language?
Words combine in images.
I feel it happen

under the surface
of shifting brightness. The catch?
The charge of release.

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.

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