NEAR PROVIDENCE 22.8.21

Henri made landfall and

the swans rode out the rough surf,

the rain-melted wind.

The whole bay broke down

like a murderous marriage.

The swans rode it out.

What reserves of good

these brute beauties displayed and

the trees’ deep breathing.

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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