“Mr Cogito however / dislikes living as-if” Zbigniew Herbert, “Mr Cogito’s Monster”

As if chunks of ice

gleamed all over the Bay on

this hot August cloud-

less day. Superbly

blue the sky-struck water where

Swan-white nothings float

in my sweat-dimmed eye.

All this happened before change

changed “as if” to “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 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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