Love’s Nothing But

Like the humongous
tree in the poem Zhuangzi,
the uselessness of

verse recommends it,
not its size. Have you fallen
in love lately, how

that returns you to
your fluid idiotic self,
your ‘nothing,’ but your

‘nothing but’? Self’s re-
mainder. The shade offered by
Chuang Tzu’s absurd tree.

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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