The closest I can
come to describing the God
of apophatic

prayer—-I mean by
describing what my masters
call sin—-is the bliss

that I know in my
knuckle when I stroke the in-
sides of my cat’s ears.

That space of snap judge-
ment —- flight or fight—- but not now,
not unless I o-

ver do it and pro-
ject my stupid self onto
the cat’s true nature.

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 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 and other sites.

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