Our climate crisis

will be the death of the sub-

lime. Even the Psalms

seem to mock power;

poets like Auden and Plath

seem less than human.

Still, beyond beauty,

there’s the sublime of the least-

of-these: sick, poor, per-

petually afraid,

and those dumb animals, ducks,

and among them, swans.

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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