”Not, as Eliot would have it, the articulate raiding the inarticulate, but the other way around: wordless thought using words for its own ends.” Jan Zwicky, The Experience of Meaning (2019), 168 f.

The appointed hour.

I’ve written something each day

since you died, something

you’d enjoy reading.

Two middle-aged radicals

with sex and the moon

in the bedroom win-

dow sharing our attention.

We’d never grow old.

The whole of you once

again with this difference—

the light unbroken.

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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