Once Only

for Jill Pearlman

As more snow fell a-
round the comfortable old
house in Providence,

the women arrived,
one by one, poets, to read
in protest and love,

poems singular
as snowflakes, holding time
to its promise. Re-

sistance to evil,
to sameness, to repression,
shall, in communion,

hold for the moment.
There is no once and for all,
only once only.

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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