There’s no way around
it, Plotinus. Living to-
gether in time, we

are responsible
for each other. It’s absurd.
It’s Summer now, the on, a
fly rests on the lip of your
coffee cup — empty,

as if that mattered.
You sit there, disgusted. Just
don’t let your eye stray

below the fold. Child-
ren of immigrants tortured
at U.S. border.

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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