The resonance of lyric is grounded in an open-ended gestalt— here that of Hardy’s “During Wind and Rain.” But within the expanded ethos of modern lyric a haiku by Buson also resonates. That creates a shift that is structural AND meaningful.

”We do not create the relation to ultimacy; we are in the relation, are what we are in it.” G&B, 33.

Battered by wind and

rain I find my door and let

myself in. ”Hello!”

I say: the silence

is loud. I forget the storm.

”Autumn evening,”

Buson says. ”There’s joy in lone-

liness.” Still, I’d like to talk

to him about it.

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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