Words

Notebooks full of e-
rasures, cross-outs, second and
third guesses, the mind

exhausted. I pitch
them when I move on. Ungrateful
I am not for words

like ‘the way out and
the way in cross, the way up
and the way down cross’

(The Gift of Beauty).
At the crossroads the compan-
ioning power.

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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