Island

I was new in New
York when I felt it empty
out for the Dog Days.

Sweated in the New
Jersey Transit up and back
standing between cars.

I had to ask where
Fire Island was. Rube. Now I
trip on states of be-

ing where flow and pas-
sage signify more than names
of cool old places.

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.

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