”And this is how it is: if only you do not try to utter what is unutterable then NOTHING gets lost. But the unutterable will be — unutterably—contained in what has been uttered.” Wittgenstein quoted by Zwicky in THE EXPERIENCE OF MEANING, 148.

The way back darker

and colder at this time of

year, and longer, too.

The estuaries

seem more like oceans, and I

flash on nothingness,

an old flame of mine.

Now the squeals of gulls leave no-

thing to be desired.

There is an other

beyond self, in the icy

dark, resonant, wild.

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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