NEAR PROVIDENCE 5.2.21

Hell is others, says

the philosopher. After

what seems a lifetime,

I know otherwise.

I burn my lips on my birth-

day tea. You would be

here if you could be.

Snow turns to mist in the thaw,

last year’s ice still hard.

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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