”(Never will I be able to tell you what I glimpsed, like a sentence written on a pane of glass and erased too quickly.” Phillipe Jaccottet, “Colors in the Distance,” from And, Nonetheless: Selected Prose and Poetry, translated by John Taylor, 255.

Everything glass but

erased too quickly. The room

backlit by lightning.

The ephemeral

highlighted in the sudden

tornado’s darkness.

The cat slept through it.

The point of view matters. Just

refuse to compose.

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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