NEAR PROVIDENCE 30.6.21

Record- breaking heat,

they say, for early July.

Sunlit emptiness,

says Tu Fu— only

his goosefoot stick keeping him

from dancing, he says.

Just the one swan in

the cove, white as a second

sun. No words for that.

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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