The Silence of Others

No Sphinx need guard the
books open on the table. They
maintain the silence

where the poem starts.
W. S. Graham, Alice Oswald,
others. They are in

communication
with their equals on the shelves.
A democracy

of sorts. We people,
left to ourselves, lose patience
with others’ silence.

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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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