Interviewing TSE

‘Old men ought to be
explorers,’ you say. Poet,
it is quite enough

that I care for my
dead, forgive the living for
making a hell of

earth, and enjoy the
gifts of the mind-and-body
remaining to me….

‘Still and still moving,’
you say, ‘through the emptiness.’
But what moves me finds

me unmoved by the
lines in your face, the trace of
Eros not friendship.

The measures you im-
pose on our common fate ex-
ceed the pleasure of

your verse, which measures
you. Humility is hard
to fake when it’s false.

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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