”The possibility of not being is constitutive of the being of creation.” Desmond, G&B, 330.

The sucking sound of

high tide in the tall grass and

breakwater, the shrill

cries of gulls that twist

overhead, go on as if

there were no plague, no

culture wars. Between

innocence and responsi-

bility this pause.

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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