Writing Lesson

My life is a mess,
especially on paper.
I copy: ‘We are

a kind of onto-
logical love.’ I want to
say this for myself.

That’s not what it says.
It says ‘we.’ Sit with the we.
Listen to others,

the sound of their words,
the flesh they have in common—-
learn to write that down.

Try to understand
‘kind of.’ Your self is that kind.
Study your kindness.

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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