”There are, notoriously, no criteria in the arts or sciences for achieving or executing integrated wholes.” Jan Zwicky, The Experience of Meaning, 72.

Summer dusk. A brief

flash of lightning in the trees.

We had stopped talking

as your health declined.

Only yesterday I got

the news you had died.

Who can I talk to

now? I’ll miss your sudden daft

wit in bed and out.

You’re in a class by

yourself, your shapeless shape now

a dear dreamed-of-whole.

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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