Entertained

I watch the kitty
play with the dying housefly.
Always already

bewitched, says the phil-
osopher who loves jokes and
truth. Homo Ludens.

The aging body
entertains pain, a private
hell. Manic laughter

is also a gift—-
spontaneous, free, grotesque—-
absolving the flesh.

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 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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