Cat Wang on the Immanence of Snow

My Master’s shovel
scrapes and cuts the snow from the
stairs. The sound it makes

saddens the empty
afternoon. I don’t mind. Left
to itself snow swal-

lows the distances.
There’s nothing he can do a-
bout that hollowness.

Silence is over-
rated. Let him think he’s in
it crashing about.

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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