Epic

Reading Charles Wright
(Littlefoot), discovering
a source of sacred

song in Pawtuxet,
lately secured from Puritans
for our enjoyment.

My life subject to
these openings for praise, these
raw, spontaneous

happenings. Plato’s
Socrates in the Phaedrus
is no-where man, be-

tween home and heaven.
A stranger buttonholing
a handsome local

about Dante’s style:
praise opening self to self-
transcendence here, now.

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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