”The experience of understanding something is always the experience of a gestalt shift—the dawning of an aspect that is simultaneously a perception or reperception of a whole.” Jan Zwicky, Alkibiades’ Love, 11.

In the aftermath,

transparencies. The ducks move,

the water does not;

appearances brim

leaving line and light empty.

This is beyond grief.

In the duck’s subtle laughter

I hear our laughter.

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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