Mr. Nothing

Where are the young men
in polished shoes, white shirts, dark
glasses, anxious hair,

Manhattan canyons!
I once fit in that crowd, but
lacked purity of

heart. To see one now
spring down from the bus on his
way somewhere hurts, hurts.

I return to my
task. Who recommended me?
A Mr. Nothing.

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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