”THISness is the experience of a distinct thing in such a way that the resonant structure of the world sounds through it.” Jan Zwicky, ”Imagination and the Good Life” in ALKIBIADES’ LOVE (McGill-Queens University Press) p.273

We have one chair be-

tween us, the cat and I, and

only so many

ways to sit in it.

We are both big on sitting.

If it sits on me

and purrs, totally

relaxed, its intense, serene

self serves both of us.

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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