Now the USA

Now the USA
has its own Troubles, I re-
read Heaney, the prose.

Slaughter of children,
Gays, Jews, Blacks, Browns, Muslims: God!
So damn specific.

The brutal longing
to belong to something more
than your white trash self.

The bitter fruit of
our history. Heaney says
inwardness matters.

In other words, he’s
not talking. Well, he’s dead, too.
But for the poems.

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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