The New Normal

New Year’s Eve: last year
in statistics—-murder of
Jews, murder of blacks,

terror the new norm—-
tonight we stay home and read
something hopeful like

Tolstoy’s gospel of
the criminal one, slow sip
single malt, the long

finish God’s surplus.
To Issa! At New Years he’d
feel about normal.

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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