”Language behaves as if it were always ‘in the wake’ of meaning, rather than owning and controlling it. “ Rowan Williams The Edge of Words 173

The pub overflows

this sunny Sunday: voices

competing, the heat

rising. It’s almost too much

of a good thing. I

do my thing. Basho:

“Don’t ever forget:

In the midst of the thi-

cket, the plum flowers.”

see Sam Hamill, Narrow Road to the Interior, p. 100.

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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