”Not the Last Judgment, just a kermiss by the river.” C. Milosz, “City without a Name”

The Piscataqua,

the Providence, the Paw-

tuxet, rivers I’ve known,

run red in my dreams,

their aboriginal names

haunt my sense of things.

Sitting by rivers

has not yet changed the course of

history at all.

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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