”Think of the rhetorical self-portrayal of disengaged reason, daring to withdraw from the hold of sacred hierarchies, to stand back from them, and assess them coldly, in the light of how much GOOD they do.” Charles Taylor

Definitely cold

today. I start the day with

hot coffee, haiku,

and belief in my-

self. By noon the coffee’s cold,

the Rhoda tablet

blank. Take a walk in

the cold. Emptiness is key,

not how you get there.

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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