Kern Co. Bedrock

Cracks in the highway.
Towers collapsing. Houses
exploding. Earthquakes

happen. Then too
a quiet summer night in
the poetry stacks

of the library.
I’m ten and alone and ex-
cited to be there.

I reach for something
unfamiliar: William
Carlos Williams.

So that happened too.
Saxifrage: the voice, the root
stronger than bedrock.

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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